noun en·thu·si·asm \in-ˈthü-zē-ˌa-zəm, en-, also -ˈthyü-\

: strong excitement about something : a strong feeling of active interest in something that you like or enjoy

: something causing a feeling of excitement and active interest : a hobby that someone feels enthusiastic about

Full Definition of ENTHUSIASM

a :  belief in special revelations of the Holy Spirit
b :  religious fanaticism
a :  strong excitement of feeling :  ardor <did her work with energy and enthusiasm>
b :  something inspiring zeal or fervor <his enthusiasms include sailing and fishing>

Examples of ENTHUSIASM

  1. Hour by hour, minute by minute, Guerrero is a racehorse, sitting upright in a chair, revising copy, clarifying names and places, sprinkling the reports with jokes while a producer talks in her ear—then delivering with breakneck speed and unflagging enthusiasm. —Joel Drucker, Cigar Aficionado, May/June 2003


Greek enthousiasmos, from enthousiazein to be inspired, irregular from entheos inspired, from en- + theos god
First Known Use: 1603

Synonym Discussion of ENTHUSIASM

passion, fervor, ardor, enthusiasm, zeal mean intense emotion compelling action. passion applies to an emotion that is deeply stirring or ungovernable <was a slave to his passions>. fervor implies a warm and steady emotion <read the poem aloud with great fervor>. ardor suggests warm and excited feeling likely to be fitful or short-lived <the ardor of their honeymoon soon faded>. enthusiasm applies to lively or eager interest in or admiration for a proposal, cause, or activity <never showed much enthusiasm for sports>. zeal implies energetic and unflagging pursuit of an aim or devotion to a cause <preaches with fanatical zeal>.

Rhymes with ENTHUSIASM

ENTHUSIASM Defined for Kids


noun en·thu·si·asm \in-ˈthü-zē-ˌaz-əm, -ˈthyü-\

Definition of ENTHUSIASM for Kids

:  strong feeling in favor of something <There were wild shouts of enthusiasm at this suggestion. — E. B. White, Stuart Little>


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