Definition of zeal in English:

zeal

noun

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

Late Middle English: via ecclesiastical Latin from Greek zēlos.

Pronunciation:

zeal

/ziːl/