zeal

[ zeel ]
/ zil /
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noun

fervor for a person, cause, or object; eager desire or endeavor; enthusiastic diligence; ardor.

Nearby words

  1. zbb,
  2. zc,
  3. zcc,
  4. ze,
  5. zea,
  6. zealand,
  7. zealot,
  8. zealotry,
  9. zealots,
  10. zealous

Origin of zeal

1350–1400; Middle English zele < Late Latin zēlus < Greek zêlos

SYNONYMS FOR zeal
ANTONYMS FOR zeal

Related formszeal·less, adjectiveun·der·zeal, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for zeals

zeal

/ (ziːl) /

noun

fervent or enthusiastic devotion, often extreme or fanatical in nature, as to a religious movement, political cause, ideal, or aspiration

Word Origin for zeal

C14: from Late Latin zēlus, from Greek zēlos

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Word Origin and History for zeals

zeal

n.

late 14c., from Late Latin zelus "zeal, emulation" (source of Old French zel, Italian zelo, Spanish celo), a Church word, from Greek zelos "zeal, ardor, jealousy," which is of uncertain origin.

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