Definition of enthusiasm in English:

enthusiasm

noun

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

    ‘her energy and enthusiasm for life’
    ‘few expressed enthusiasm about the current leaders’
    • ‘All that boundless enthusiasm for a linear existence made me feel nauseous.’
    • ‘Can the party get out of its enthusiasm for the single currency if the public mood swings against it?’
    • ‘Many have expressed enthusiasm for the kind of farming that the Limestone Country project will support.’
    • ‘Throw in the referendum and this adds to people's confusion and lack of enthusiasm for the vote.’
    • ‘Her obvious enthusiasm for her subject certainly increased our afternoon's enjoyment.’
    • ‘It's a display of loyalty and enthusiasm for a brand that is seen as fun, friendly and different.’
    • ‘It also describes his great enthusiasm for everything his company made or did.’
    • ‘In the course of her discussion she expressed her enthusiasm for taking this business.’
    • ‘Young people showed little interest in past media and much enthusiasm for contemporary media.’
    • ‘The teaching staff had shown great enthusiasm for the project, and this added to that of the students.’
    • ‘At the time, the parish councillors expressed enthusiasm for the idea.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Chen's enthusiasm for film came from the numerous movies she had seen in her childhood.’
    • ‘He said he had great personal enthusiasm for the project and praised the hard work that had gone into it.’
    • ‘However, there is no doubting his enthusiasm for this little-known genre.’
    • ‘Already it has commented on this newspaper's enthusiasm for the idea, and the endorsement of local MPs.’
    • ‘It was always hard then to create much interest or enthusiasm for it here in London.’
    • ‘However, full awareness of this has not curbed people's enthusiasm for car purchases.’
    • ‘They chose teaching as a career because they loved their subject and wanted to share their enthusiasm with others.’
    • ‘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. 1.1 A thing that arouses feelings of intense and eager enjoyment.
      ‘the three enthusiasms of his life were politics, religion, and books’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Economist, writer, diplomat and public servant, he was also a collector with wide-ranging enthusiasms.’
      • ‘Railways, psychical research, and the combing of graveyards were other enthusiasms.’
      • ‘As Ross described her various enthusiasms, the conversation of the surrounding diners provided a counterpoint of urban dismay and aspiration.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘He chose movie scripts profligately, appearing in lousy films just to earn money for his expensive 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.’
      • ‘And the best compilations give you a direct line into somebody's head - their enthusiasms and obsessions.’
      • ‘Other various enthusiasms have included - fishing, badminton, cycling and going to the gym.’
      • ‘It may be a special case of this, because it does not promote simply fringe enthusiasms like mid-winter surfing or steam railways.’
      • ‘Over the years there have been many enthusiasms.’
      • ‘Not all my enthusiasms have stood the test of time as thoroughly as O'Hara has.’
      • ‘With the advent of rock and subsequent popular-music enthusiasms, the big bands were greatly reduced in number.’
      • ‘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?’
      • ‘Do such pop culture enthusiasms as horror movies and fries seem unlikely for a globe-trotting chef?’
      • ‘Jack had a way of romanticizing his enthusiasms.’
      interest, passion, obsession, fad, craze, mania, rage
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  • 2derogatory, archaic Religious fervor 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’).

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