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[en-thoo-zee-az-uh m] /ɛnˈθu ziˌæz əm/
absorbing or controlling possession of the mind by any interest or pursuit; lively interest:
He shows marked enthusiasm for his studies.
an occupation, activity, or pursuit in which such interest is shown:
Hunting is his latest enthusiasm.
any of various forms of extreme religious devotion, usually associated with intense emotionalism and a break with orthodoxy.
Origin of enthusiasm
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
Related forms
antienthusiasm, noun
hyperenthusiasm, noun
overenthusiasm, noun
preenthusiasm, noun
unenthusiasm, noun
1. eagerness, warmth, fervor, zeal, ardor, passion, devotion.
1. indifference. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for enthusiasm
  • It was clear that he gained in interest and enthusiasm during the project and it helped develop a range of skills and knowledge.
  • At the conclusion of the interview, show your enthusiasm by emphasizing your interest in the position.
  • Many authors have responded with enthusiasm.
  • Now investors' enthusiasm is more subdued.
  • We all have different levels of enthusiasm.
  • He thinks that sharing their expertise and helping golfers get better will spread enthusiasm for the game.
  • The company's enthusiasm for thinking ahead is admirable.
  • The enthusiasm of my adventurous comrades was starting to infect even me.
  • Seldom has so much enthusiasm been packed into so few pages.
  • We have to elevate our standards and develop programs to inspire enthusiasm in young people.
British Dictionary definitions for enthusiasm


ardent and lively interest or eagerness
an object of keen interest; passion
(archaic) extravagant or unbalanced religious fervour
(obsolete) possession or inspiration by a god
Word Origin
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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Word Origin and History for enthusiasm

c.1600, from Middle French enthousiasme (16c.) and directly from Late Latin enthusiasmus, from Greek enthousiasmos "divine inspiration," from enthousiazein "be inspired or possessed by a god, be rapt, be in ecstasy," from entheos "divinely inspired, possessed by a god," from en "in" (see en- (2)) + 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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