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Syllabification: en·thu·si·asm
Pronunciation: /inˈTH(y)o͞ozēˌazəm
, enˈTH(y)o͞ozēˌazəm

Definition of enthusiasm in English:


1Intense and eager enjoyment, interest, or approval: her energy and enthusiasm for life few expressed enthusiasm about the current leaders
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  • It was always hard then to create much interest or enthusiasm for it here in London.
  • At the time, the parish councillors expressed enthusiasm for the idea.
  • Many have expressed enthusiasm for the kind of farming that the Limestone Country project will support.
1.1A thing that arouses feelings of intense and eager enjoyment: the three enthusiasms of his life were politics, religion, and books
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  • And the best compilations give you a direct line into somebody's head - their enthusiasms and obsessions.
  • Whether or not she actually buys women's magazines, she can't escape their sexual anxieties, enthusiasms, and obsessions.
  • Not always very quickly - there is merit in taking one's time to build up a picture of usage and so avoid being misled by temporary enthusiasms and short-lived fashion.
interest, passion, obsession, mania;
inclination, preference, penchant, predilection, fancy;
pastime, hobby, recreation, pursuit
2 archaic derogatory Religious fervor supposedly resulting directly from divine inspiration, typically involving speaking in tongues and wild, uncoordinated movements of the body.


early 17th century (sense 2): from French enthousiasme, or via late Latin from Greek enthousiasmos, from enthous 'possessed by a god, inspired' (based on theos 'god').

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