zealous

[ zel-uhs ]
/ ˈzɛl əs /

adjective

full of, characterized by, or due to zeal; ardently active, devoted, or diligent.

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Origin of zealous

First recorded in 1520–30; from Medieval Latin zēlōsus; see origin at zeal, -ous

OTHER WORDS FROM zealous

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Example sentences from the Web for zealous

  • In his zealousness Mr. Dolman might anger her husband, then his logic would avail little.

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  • With these two cold, stern men to nod approval at his zealousness, he went to greater lengths than he might otherwise have done.

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  • Into eyes and lips alike came something else—something touched with the zealousness of aspiration.

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British Dictionary definitions for zealous

zealous
/ (ˈzɛləs) /

adjective

filled with or inspired by intense enthusiasm or zeal; ardent; fervent

Derived forms of zealous

zealously, adverbzealousness, noun
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