Definition of zealous in English:



  • Having or showing zeal.

    ‘the council was extremely zealous in the application of the regulations’
    • ‘This was an act committed by one zealous serving girl who sinned thereby.’
    • ‘The schoolboys who wandered in to play cricket were chased away by a zealous guard who thoughtfully confiscated the ball.’
    • ‘The left wing still kind of exists now, but they're not so zealous.’
    • ‘Will we see these zealous litter police staking out public houses.’
    • ‘They are also extremists of one kind or another who have devoted themselves to the zealous pursuit of their religious ideals.’
    • ‘Pastor Boichenko is indeed a zealous Pastor and evangelist always leading from the front.’
    • ‘Missions were built and zealous Franciscan priests set about converting the Indians living in their pueblos.’
    • ‘Now we learn of retribution efforts aimed at those who tried to correct the zealous propaganda which drove this nation into war.’
    • ‘Ann Lee and her immediate entourage were unbowed in their zealous commitment.’
    • ‘Such zealous passion would seem to be the natural preserve of that dangerous species, the young man.’
    • ‘He is a zealous advocate for the rights of Irish immigrants and others as Chair of the Emerald Isle Immigration Centre.’
    • ‘Those words were rather extreme, sadly uneducated and overly zealous.’
    • ‘You react with an intense and zealous activity designed to achieve your aims at all costs.’
    • ‘His appeal is his integrity and an almost zealous commitment to his beliefs.’
    • ‘He had been a fiery boy bursting with zealous defense of his friends.’
    • ‘Throughout a pulsating and fiercely-contested match, Kendal were unable to please the zealous match official.’
    • ‘Her zealous commitment to politics is clearly something that Llosa sees as a special quality.’
    • ‘Early radicalisation did not equal zealous ideological commitment.’
    • ‘Just how zealous is the religious right?’
    • ‘Now in their 50s, she and her husband are zealous promoters of the mission they began in 1981.’
    fervent, ardent, fervid, fiery, passionate, impassioned, devout, devoted
    committed, dedicated, enthusiastic, eager, keen, avid, sincere, wholehearted, hearty, earnest, vigorous, energetic, zestful, purposeful, forceful, intense, fierce, single-minded
    go-ahead, pushy
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Early 16th century: from a medieval Latin derivative of Latin zelus zeal, jealousy.