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Definitions of enthusiasm

  1. a feeling of excitement Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. a lively interest; "enthusiasm for his program is growing" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. A state of impassioned emotion; transport; elevation of fancy; exaltation of soul; as, the poetry of enthusiasm. Webster Dictionary DB
  4. Enkindled and kindling fervor of soul; strong excitement of feeling on behalf of a cause or a subject; ardent and imaginative zeal or interest; as, he engaged in his profession with enthusiasm. Webster Dictionary DB
  5. Intense eagerness; ardor of mind; fervent zeal; intense interest. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  6. An ecstasy of mind, as if from inspiration or possession by a spiritual influence: hence, a belief or conceit of being divinely inspired, or of being possessed of a private revelation; the confidence or opinion of a person that he has special divine communications from the Supreme Being or familiar intercourse with him; as, "Enthusiasm is founded neither on reason nor divine revelation, but rises from the conceits of a warmed or overweening imagination."-Locke: complete possession of the mind by any subject; violent passion or excitement in pursuit of some object, inspiring extravagant hope and confidence of success; ardent zeal in pursuit of an object; predominance of the emotional over the intellectual powers. Enthusiasm, guided by reason or experience, becomes a noble passion, that prompts to the ardent pursuit of laudable objects. Such is the enthusiasm of the poet, the orator, the painter, and the sculptor; of the patriot, the hero, and the Christian. "Faction and enthusiasm are the instruments by which popular governments are destroyed."-Ames: liveliness of imagination; elevation of fancy; exaltation of ideas; as, "Cowley was the first who imparted to English numbers the enthusiasm of the greater ode, and the gaiety of the less."-Johnson. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  7. Enthusiastic. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  8. Inspiration; passionate aeal. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  9. Earnest and fervent feeling; ardent zeal. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  10. Irrational religious ecstasy. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  11. Overflowing, irrepressible, often excessive, zeal or ardour inspired by a more or less intense, originally mistaken, conviction that the object of it is worthy of one's devotion; fervid or overfervid zeal. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  12. Elevation of fancy; intense heat of imagination arising from belief in revelation; fanaticism; violent excitement of mind in the pursuit of some object; ardent zeal. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.

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Usage examples for enthusiasm

  1. At all events she has enthusiasm – The Celestial Omnibus and other Stories by E. M. Forster
  2. But she said it without enthusiasm – Senator North by Gertrude Atherton
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