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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 unenthusiastic references to it in ancient literature are, after all, truthful.

    Ancient Town-Planning F. Haverfield
  • The performance was in every sense unexciting; the audience meagre and unenthusiastic.

    Scaramouche Rafael Sabatini
  • His manner of speech was always deliberate and unenthusiastic, but he made it a trifle more so than usual.

    Little Lord Fauntleroy Frances Hodgson Burnett
  • And then he stopped, having caught Val's unenthusiastic glance.

    The Open Question Elizabeth Robins
  • Holmes was fired with eagerness when in his unenthusiastic way the other began to tell of such successes as he had already scored.

    The Sign of the Spider Bertram Mitford
  • It is cold and unenthusiastic; it cannot propagate itself; it cannot set fire to anything and spread.

  • In order to deserve that title he must be timid and unenthusiastic.

    The Gorilla Hunters R.M. Ballantyne
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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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