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zeal

[zeel] /zil/
noun
1.
fervor for a person, cause, or object; eager desire or endeavor; enthusiastic diligence; ardor.
Origin
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English zele < Late Latin zēlus < Greek zêlos
Related forms
zealless, adjective
underzeal, noun
Synonyms
intensity, passion.
Antonyms
apathy.
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British Dictionary definitions for zeals

zeal

/ziːl/
noun
1.
fervent or enthusiastic devotion, often extreme or fanatical in nature, as to a religious movement, political cause, ideal, or aspiration
Word Origin
C14: from Late Latin zēlus, from Greek zēlos
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Word Origin and History for zeals

zeal

n.

late 14c., from Late Latin zelus "zeal, emulation" (source of Old French zel, Italian zelo, Spanish celo), a Church word, from Greek zelos "zeal, ardor, jealousy," which is of uncertain origin.

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zeals in the Bible

an earnest temper; may be enlightened (Num. 25:11-13; 2 Cor. 7:11; 9:2), or ignorant and misdirected (Rom. 10:2; Phil. 3:6). As a Christian grace, it must be grounded on right principles and directed to right ends (Gal. 4:18). It is sometimes ascribed to God (2 Kings 19:31; Isa. 9:7; 37:32; Ezek. 5:13).

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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