Definition of zeal in English:


Syllabification: zeal
Pronunciation: /zēl


Great energy or enthusiasm in pursuit of a cause or an objective: his zeal for privatization Laura brought a missionary zeal to her work
More example sentences
  • I do commend the officers involved upon their zeal and energy.
  • One glance at those staring eyes was enough to confirm that this was a man burning with missionary zeal.
  • At the age of 21, full of zeal and love, Richard was accepted as a junior agent in the Irish Church Missions.
passion, ardor, love, fervor, fire, avidity, devotion, enthusiasm, eagerness, keenness, appetite, relish, gusto, vigor, energy, intensity;


late Middle English: via ecclesiastical Latin from Greek zēlos.

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