Definition of Enthusiasm

1. Noun. A feeling of excitement.

Generic synonyms: Feeling
Specialized synonyms: Gusto, Relish, Zest, Zestfulness, Avidity, Avidness, Eagerness, Keenness, Exuberance, Technophilia
Derivative terms: Enthusiastic



2. Noun. Overflowing with eager enjoyment or approval.
Exact synonyms: Ebullience, Exuberance
Generic synonyms: Life, Liveliness, Spirit, Sprightliness
Specialized synonyms: Lyricism, Madness, Rabidity, Rabidness
Derivative terms: Ebullient, Exuberate

3. Noun. A lively interest. "Enthusiasm for his program is growing"
Specialized synonyms: Anglomania, Balletomania
Generic synonyms: Interest, Involvement
Derivative terms: Enthusiastic

Definition of Enthusiasm

1. n. Inspiration as if by a divine or superhuman power; ecstasy; hence, a conceit of divine possession and revelation, or of being directly subject to some divine impulse.

Definition of Enthusiasm

1. Noun. (obsolete or historical) Possession by a god; divine inspiration or frenzy. ¹

2. Noun. Intensity of feeling; excited interest or eagerness. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Enthusiasm

1. [n -S]

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Literary usage of Enthusiasm

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1. An Essay Concerning Human Understanding by John Locke (1894)
"'What I shall add concerning enthusiasm,' Locke writes to Molyneux ^Oates, ... The influence of enthusiasm in withdrawing men from the genuine pursuit of ..."

2. Publishers Weekly by Publishers' Board of Trade (U.S.), Book Trade Association of Philadelphia, American Book Trade Union, Am. Book Trade Association, R.R. Bowker Company (1920)
"I. enthusiasm enthusiasm in a salesman is the quality that makes him talk in an ... Sincerity, reflected by enthusiasm, is impressive and will command the ..."

3. The Cambridge Modern History by John Emerich Edward Dalberg Acton Acton, Adolphus William Ward, George Walter Prothero, Ernest Alfred Benians (1904)
"This new world, that the year 1789 revealed rather than brought into being, was hailed with unparalleled enthusiasm. For centuries the nation had been ..."

4. Democracy in America by Alexis de Tocqueville, Henry Reeve, John Canfield Spencer (1848)
"CHAPTER XII CAUSES OF FANATICAL enthusiasm IN SOME AMERICANS. ALTHOUGH the desire of acquiring the good things of this world is the prevailing passion of ..."

5. The Cambridge History of English Literature by Adolphus William Ward, Alfred Rayney Waller (1913)
"enthusiasm, in his Dictionary, is (from Locke) ' a vain belief of private ... It was not till the word enthusiasm could be used in their condign praise that ..."

6. A Philosophical Dictionary by Voltaire (1824)
"enthusiasm. Tins Greek word signifies " emotion of the bowels, internal agitation. ... Or was the term enthusiasm, after painful affection of the bowels, ..."

7. United States Supreme Court Reports by Lawyers Co-operative Publishing Company, United States Supreme Court (1887)
"Is it conceivable that enthusiasm resulted from constant failure? Can it be explained on any other reasonable theory than that his machines were producing ..."

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