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[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’
passion, zealousness, committedness, ardour, love, fervour, fire, avidity, fondness, devotion, devotedness, enthusiasm, eagerness, keenness, appetite, taste, relish, gustovigour, energy, verve, zestfervency, ardencyView synonyms
- ‘Excessive rabid zeal can be just as bad for a country as excessive do-nothing laziness.’
- ‘She shared her husband's reforming zeal and supported him in his campaigns.’
- ‘That zeal is infectious and I finished the book long before we landed at Heathrow despite my struggling eyelids.’
- ‘His rousing words were delivered with such zeal that after a while you even began to believe that he believed what he was saying.’
- ‘I do commend the officers involved upon their zeal and energy.’
- ‘The artist is embracing new experiences delivered by his health shock with youthful zeal.’
- ‘The youngest boy had the unreasonable zeal of a brainwashed psychopath.’
- ‘On the manic and almost religious zeal of admirers of the sagas, Lucas noted that he had two fan bases.’
- ‘Extreme nationalism and ideological zeal militated against observing rules of moderation.’
- ‘He embarked with zeal on a foreign policy he himself didn't quite understand.’
- ‘Today the more religious zeal a person has, the more selfish and heartless he is apt to be.’
- ‘At the age of 21, full of zeal and love, Richard was accepted as a junior agent in the Irish Church Missions.’
- ‘One glance at those staring eyes was enough to confirm that this was a man burning with missionary zeal.’
- ‘Palmer was bowled over by Blake's mystic zeal, while Blake was flattered to have a young follower.’
- ‘The party's modernising zeal is set to sweep away Britain's archaic alcohol restrictions.’
- ‘While his zeal is unchallenged, the strength of his evidence remains uncertain.’
- ‘Charities always have great plans and members who pursue the cause with single-minded zeal.’
- ‘So great was their zeal that Christians would sooner die than deny the existence of their Lord and God.’
- ‘His will provides a fascinating insight into his Puritan zeal and personal generosity.’
- ‘His political zeal was fired when he befriended radical black activists including Angela Davis.’
Late Middle English: via ecclesiastical Latin from Greek zēlos.
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