Definition of enthusiasm in English:


Line breaks: en|thu¦si|asm
Pronunciation: /ɪnˈθjuːzɪaz(ə)m
, ɛn-/


[mass noun]
  • 2 archaic , • derogatory Religious fervour supposedly resulting directly from divine inspiration, typically involving speaking in tongues and wild, uncoordinated movements of the body.


early 17th century (in 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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