Definition of enthusiasm in English:

enthusiasm

noun

mass noun
  • 1Intense and eager enjoyment, interest, or approval.

    ‘her energy and enthusiasm for life’
    ‘few expressed enthusiasm about the current leaders’
    • ‘Her obvious enthusiasm for her subject certainly increased our afternoon's enjoyment.’
    • ‘Chen's enthusiasm for film came from the numerous movies she had seen in her childhood.’
    • ‘The teaching staff had shown great enthusiasm for the project, and this added to that of the students.’
    • ‘In the course of her discussion she expressed her enthusiasm for taking this business.’
    • ‘Can the party get out of its enthusiasm for the single currency if the public mood swings against it?’
    • ‘It also describes his great enthusiasm for everything his company made or did.’
    • ‘He tries as hard as he can on the course, but given his lack of enthusiasm for the competition, that is not enough to produce his best golf.’
    • ‘It's a display of loyalty and enthusiasm for a brand that is seen as fun, friendly and different.’
    • ‘He said he had great personal enthusiasm for the project and praised the hard work that had gone into it.’
    • ‘However, full awareness of this has not curbed people's enthusiasm for car purchases.’
    • ‘It was always hard then to create much interest or enthusiasm for it here in London.’
    • ‘She has been successful in large part because her enthusiasm for the hobby is contagious.’
    • ‘They chose teaching as a career because they loved their subject and wanted to share their enthusiasm with others.’
    • ‘However, there is no doubting his enthusiasm for this little-known genre.’
    • ‘All that boundless enthusiasm for a linear existence made me feel nauseous.’
    • ‘Throw in the referendum and this adds to people's confusion and lack of enthusiasm for the vote.’
    • ‘Already it has commented on this newspaper's enthusiasm for the idea, and the endorsement of local MPs.’
    • ‘Many have expressed enthusiasm for the kind of farming that the Limestone Country project will support.’
    • ‘At the time, the parish councillors expressed enthusiasm for the idea.’
    • ‘Young people showed little interest in past media and much enthusiasm for contemporary media.’
    eagerness, keenness, ardour, fervour, warmth, passion, zeal, zealousness, zest, gusto, brio, pep, go, sap, liveliness, vivacity, vivaciousness, energy, verve, vigour, dynamism, vehemence, fire, excitement, exuberance, ebullience, spirit, avidity, avidness
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    1. 1.1count noun Something that arouses enthusiasm.
      ‘the three enthusiasms of his life were politics, religion, and books’
      • ‘Whether or not she actually buys women's magazines, she can't escape their sexual anxieties, enthusiasms, and obsessions.’
      • ‘As Ross described her various enthusiasms, the conversation of the surrounding diners provided a counterpoint of urban dismay and aspiration.’
      • ‘Other various enthusiasms have included - fishing, badminton, cycling and going to the gym.’
      • ‘Railways, psychical research, and the combing of graveyards were other enthusiasms.’
      • ‘She was the daughter of a Protestant Italian liberal exile who loathed the Papacy as much as he loved Dante and mixed both enthusiasms in his view of Italian history.’
      • ‘Jack had a way of romanticizing his enthusiasms.’
      • ‘With the advent of rock and subsequent popular-music enthusiasms, the big bands were greatly reduced in number.’
      • ‘It's very satisfying to be able to deal with the earliest of your enthusiasms, and Bix was a hero of mine from a very early age.’
      • ‘And the best compilations give you a direct line into somebody's head - their enthusiasms and obsessions.’
      • ‘Walking through this massive show, we see his enthusiasms feed into his art and gradually begin to understand how Van Gogh assimilates, using old masters to realise new ideas.’
      • ‘Over the years there have been many enthusiasms.’
      • ‘His other enthusiasms as a reader include John Steinbeck, James Baldwin and Somerset Maugham.’
      • ‘It may be a special case of this, because it does not promote simply fringe enthusiasms like mid-winter surfing or steam railways.’
      • ‘He chose movie scripts profligately, appearing in lousy films just to earn money for his expensive enthusiasms.’
      • ‘Mass enthusiasms of one kind or another are a given in any society, but why football and why this kind of football?’
      • ‘The town is another of his enthusiasms, but what is there to do there at night other than drinking, dining, gambling or checking over your ski gear?’
      • ‘Not all my enthusiasms have stood the test of time as thoroughly as O'Hara has.’
      • ‘Economist, writer, diplomat and public servant, he was also a collector with wide-ranging enthusiasms.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Do such pop culture enthusiasms as horror movies and fries seem unlikely for a globe-trotting chef?’
      interest, passion, obsession, fad, craze, mania, rage
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  • 2archaic, derogatory Religious fervour supposedly resulting directly from divine inspiration, typically involving speaking in tongues and wild, uncoordinated movements of the body.

Origin

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

Pronunciation

enthusiasm

/ɛnˈθjuːzɪaz(ə)m//ɪnˈθjuːzɪaz(ə)m/