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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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  • The call was responded to enthusiastically, every man standing.

    Bob, Son of Battle Alfred Ollivant
  • "Oh, tell me about him," cried Miss Sommerton, enthusiastically.

    One Day's Courtship Robert Barr
  • I'd never heard Zura talk so well nor so enthusiastically on a sensible subject.

    The House of the Misty Star Fannie Caldwell Macaulay
  • The zologists have not accepted it quite so enthusiastically.

    The Meaning of Evolution Samuel Christian Schmucker
  • The idea was enthusiastically taken up; many more men volunteered than could be mounted.

    Two Years on Trek Louis Eugne du Moulin
British Dictionary definitions for enthusiastically


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



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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