Definition of zeal in English:

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Pronunciation: /ziːl/


[mass 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.
passion, zealousness, committedness, ardour, love, fervour, fire, avidity, fondness, devotion, devotedness, enthusiasm, eagerness, keenness, appetite, taste, relish, gusto;
vigour, energy, verve, zest
rare fervency, ardency


Late Middle English: via ecclesiastical Latin from Greek zēlos.

  • 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).

Words that rhyme with zeal

allele, anele, anneal, appeal, Bastille, Beale, Castile, chenille, cochineal, cockatiel, conceal, congeal, creel, deal, eel, Emile, feel, freewheel, genteel, Guayaquil, heal, heel, he'll, keel, Kiel, kneel, leal, Lille, Lucille, manchineel, meal, misdeal, Neil, O'Neill, ordeal, peal, peel, reel, schlemiel, seal, seel, she'll, spiel, squeal, steal, steel, Steele, teal, underseal, veal, weal, we'll, wheel

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