Quasi-enthused

enthuse

[en-thooz]
verb (used without object), enthused, enthusing.
1.
to be or become enthusiastic; show enthusiasm: All the neighbors enthused over the new baby.
verb (used with object), enthused, enthusing.
2.
to cause to become enthusiastic.

Origin:
1820–30, Americanism; back formation from enthusiasm

quasi-enthused, adjective
unenthused, adjective


The verb enthuse is a 19th-century back formation from the noun enthusiasm. Originally an Americanism, enthuse is now standard and well established in the speech and all but the most formal writing of educated persons, in both Britain and the United States. It is used as a transitive verb meaning “to cause to become enthusiastic” (The liveliness of the dance enthused the audience) and as an intransitive verb meaning “to show enthusiasm” (She enthused warmly over his performance). Despite its long history and frequent occurrence, however, enthuse is still strongly disapproved of by many.
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enthuse (ɪnˈθjuːz)
 
vb
to feel or show or cause to feel or show enthusiasm

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enthuse
1827, back formation from enthusiasm. Related: enthused.
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