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zeal

Syllabification: zeal
Pronunciation: /zēl
 
/

Definition of zeal in English:

noun

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.
Synonyms
passion, ardor, love, fervor, fire, avidity, devotion, enthusiasm, eagerness, keenness, appetite, relish, gusto, vigor, energy, intensity;

Origin

late Middle English: via ecclesiastical Latin from Greek zēlos.

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  • jealous from (Middle English):

    This comes via Old French gelos and medieval Latin zelosus from Greek zelos, also the source of zeal (Late Middle English).

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