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’
    • ‘Many have expressed enthusiasm for the kind of farming that the Limestone Country project will support.’
    • ‘Can the party get out of its enthusiasm for the single currency if the public mood swings against it?’
    • ‘At the time, the parish councillors expressed enthusiasm for the idea.’
    • ‘All that boundless enthusiasm for a linear existence made me feel nauseous.’
    • ‘However, there is no doubting his enthusiasm for this little-known genre.’
    • ‘The teaching staff had shown great enthusiasm for the project, and this added to that of the students.’
    • ‘It was always hard then to create much interest or enthusiasm for it here in London.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It also describes his great enthusiasm for everything his company made or did.’
    • ‘Chen's enthusiasm for film came from the numerous movies she had seen in her childhood.’
    • ‘Young people showed little interest in past media and much enthusiasm for contemporary media.’
    • ‘Her obvious enthusiasm for her subject certainly increased our afternoon's enjoyment.’
    • ‘They chose teaching as a career because they loved their subject and wanted to share their enthusiasm with others.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘However, full awareness of this has not curbed people's enthusiasm for car purchases.’
    • ‘In the course of her discussion she expressed her enthusiasm for taking this business.’
    • ‘She has been successful in large part because her enthusiasm for the hobby is contagious.’
    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’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘His other enthusiasms as a reader include John Steinbeck, James Baldwin and Somerset Maugham.’
      • ‘Whether or not she actually buys women's magazines, she can't escape their sexual anxieties, enthusiasms, and obsessions.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Railways, psychical research, and the combing of graveyards were other enthusiasms.’
      • ‘Economist, writer, diplomat and public servant, he was also a collector with wide-ranging enthusiasms.’
      • ‘Other various enthusiasms have included - fishing, badminton, cycling and going to the gym.’
      • ‘With the advent of rock and subsequent popular-music enthusiasms, the big bands were greatly reduced in number.’
      • ‘And the best compilations give you a direct line into somebody's head - their enthusiasms and obsessions.’
      • ‘Do such pop culture enthusiasms as horror movies and fries seem unlikely for a globe-trotting chef?’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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?’
      • ‘Mass enthusiasms of one kind or another are a given in any society, but why football and why this kind of football?’
      • ‘He chose movie scripts profligately, appearing in lousy films just to earn money for his expensive enthusiasms.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Not all my enthusiasms have stood the test of time as thoroughly as O'Hara has.’
      • ‘Jack had a way of romanticizing his enthusiasms.’
      • ‘Over the years there have been many enthusiasms.’
      • ‘As Ross described her various enthusiasms, the conversation of the surrounding diners provided a counterpoint of urban dismay and aspiration.’
      • ‘It may be a special case of this, because it does not promote simply fringe enthusiasms like mid-winter surfing or steam railways.’
      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/