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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 unenthusiastic
  • He was unenthusiastic about the plan and had refused to change his appearance.
  • Economists have generally been unenthusiastic about regionalism, for two reasons.
  • At the same time, companies are often unenthusiastic about keeping on older workers.
  • But they were unenthusiastic about the potential for our salad dressing and turned us down.
  • Exporters are unenthusiastic about coffee purchases because of the low export margins.
  • Most communities are unenthusiastic about retroactive sprinkler installation.
  • He proved as ill-suited for the role as he was unenthusiastic.
  • There were not more than a few thousand of them, and their performance was unenthusiastic.
  • The higher management of the directorate was unenthusiastic.
  • There are numerous satirical depictions of long lines, and unenthusiastic or callous employees.
British Dictionary definitions for unenthusiastic


lacking in enthusiasm


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

1805, from un- (1) "not" + enthusiastic. Related: Unenthusiastically.



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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