Adjective "zeal" definition and examples

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Definitions and examples


Great energy or enthusiasm in pursuit of a cause or an objective.
  1. 'Laura brought a missionary zeal to her work'
  2. 'Charities always have great plans and members who pursue the cause with single-minded zeal.'
  3. 'Extreme nationalism and ideological zeal militated against observing rules of moderation.'
  4. 'The artist is embracing new experiences delivered by his health shock with youthful zeal.'
  5. 'Excessive rabid zeal can be just as bad for a country as excessive do-nothing laziness.'
  6. 'Today the more religious zeal a person has, the more selfish and heartless he is apt to be.'
  7. 'So great was their zeal that Christians would sooner die than deny the existence of their Lord and God.'
  8. 'His rousing words were delivered with such zeal that after a while you even began to believe that he believed what he was saying.'
  9. 'She shared her husband's reforming zeal and supported him in his campaigns.'
  10. 'One glance at those staring eyes was enough to confirm that this was a man burning with missionary zeal.'
  11. 'The youngest boy had the unreasonable zeal of a brainwashed psychopath.'

More definitions

1. fervor for a person, cause, or object; eager desire or endeavor; enthusiastic diligence; ardor.

More examples(as adjective)

"democracies can be zeal."

"whiles can be zeal."

"malices can be zeal."


Late Middle English: via ecclesiastical Latin from Greek zēlos.