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[en-thoo-zee-as-tik] /ɛnˌθu ziˈæs tɪk/
full of or characterized by enthusiasm; ardent:
He seems very enthusiastic about his role in the play.
Origin of enthusiastic
1595-1605; < Greek enthousiastikós. See enthusiast, -ic
Related forms
enthusiastically, adverb
antienthusiastic, adjective
antienthusiastically, adverb
hyperenthusiastic, adjective
hyperenthusiastically, adverb
nonenthusiastic, adjective
nonenthusiastically, adverb
overenthusiastic, adjective
overenthusiastically, adverb
pseudoenthusiastic, adjective
pseudoenthusiastically, adverb
quasi-enthusiastic, adjective
quasi-enthusiastically, adverb
unenthusiastic, adjective
unenthusiastically, adverb
eager, fervent, zealous, passionate, vehement, fervid, impassioned. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for enthusiastic
  • Gentlemen were neither fervid nor zealous, and above all they were not enthusiastic.
  • My office is always seeking motivated and enthusiastic college students interested in interning for academic credit.
  • Even the most enthusiastic of elves needs a break from shopping sometimes.
  • Three words someone else would use to describe me are enthusiastic, curious and exacting.
  • He said he was so enthusiastic about the project that he volunteered to help keep costs down by serving as the general contractor.
  • The candidate will join an interactive and enthusiastic group .
  • They were still strong, still enthusiastic.
  • He's really energetic and enthusiastic about what he does.
  • He's equally enthusiastic about painting.
  • Responses were typically enthusiastic.
British Dictionary definitions for enthusiastic


filled with or motivated by enthusiasm; fanatical; keen
Derived Forms
enthusiastically, adverb
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Word Origin and History for enthusiastic

c.1600, "pertaining to possession by a deity," from Greek enthousiastikos "inspired," from enthousiazein (see enthusiasm). Meaning "pertaining to irrational delusion in religion" is from 1690s. The main modern sense, in reference to feelings or persons, "intensely eager, rapturous," is from late 18c. Related: Enthusiastically.

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