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enthusiasm

[en-thoo-zee-az-uhm]
noun
1.
absorbing or controlling possession of the mind by any interest or pursuit; lively interest: He shows marked enthusiasm for his studies.
2.
an occupation, activity, or pursuit in which such interest is shown: Hunting is his latest enthusiasm.
3.
any of various forms of extreme religious devotion, usually associated with intense emotionalism and a break with orthodoxy.

Origin:
1570–80; < Late Latin enthūsiasmus < Greek enthousiasmós, equivalent to enthousí(a) possession by a god (énthous, variant of éntheos having a god within, equivalent to en- en-2 + -thous, -theos god-possessing + -ia y3) + -asmos, variant, after vowel stems, of -ismos -ism

antienthusiasm, noun
hyperenthusiasm, noun
overenthusiasm, noun
preenthusiasm, noun
unenthusiasm, noun


1. eagerness, warmth, fervor, zeal, ardor, passion, devotion.


1. indifference.
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enthusiasm (ɪnˈθjuːzɪˌæzəm)
 
n
1.  ardent and lively interest or eagerness
2.  an object of keen interest; passion
3.  archaic extravagant or unbalanced religious fervour
4.  obsolete possession or inspiration by a god
 
[C17: from Late Latin enthūsiasmus, from Greek enthousiasmos, from enthousiazein to be possessed by a god, from entheos inspired, from en-² + theos god]

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enthusiasm
c.1600, from M.Fr. enthousiasme, from Gk. enthousiasmos, from enthousiazein "be inspired," from entheos "inspired, possessed by a god," from en- "in" + theos "god" (see Thea). Acquired a derogatory sense of "excessive religious emotion" (1650s) under the Puritans; generalized
sense of "fervor, zeal" (the main modern sense) is first recorded 1716.
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