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enthusiastic

[en-thoo-zee-as-tik] /ɛnˌθu ziˈæs tɪk/
adjective
1.
full of or characterized by enthusiasm; ardent:
He seems very enthusiastic about his role in the play.
Origin
1595-1605
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
Synonyms
eager, fervent, zealous, passionate, vehement, fervid, impassioned.
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Examples from the web for enthusiastically
  • EU legislators have enthusiastically supported taxing airline emissions, approving the law last year.
  • Less encouraging was that the pilot and navigator enthusiastically joined in the toasting as bottle after bottle made the rounds.
  • Emma rears enthusiastically and places her forelegs around the bride's neck and licks her face.
  • Not having been there in years, they welcomed the idea enthusiastically.
  • He waved, gave a thumbs up, and smiled enthusiastically.
  • But far from opposing the coming of sound, he looked forward enthusiastically to the use of sound in movies.
  • Though the collective comprises ten different rappers, they all seem to agree enthusiastically on the power of disorientation.
  • On the field, a rock band played loudly and enthusiastically.
  • With these simple legumes come a brace of blubbery frankfurters with skin as enthusiastically red as a maraschino cherry.
  • If you cannot remember names or faces, all the more reason to greet everyone enthusiastically.
Word Origin and History for enthusiastically

enthusiastic

adj.

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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