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[zeel] /zil/
fervor for a person, cause, or object; eager desire or endeavor; enthusiastic diligence; ardor.
Origin of zeal
1350-1400; Middle English zele < Late Latin zēlus < Greek zêlos
Related forms
zealless, adjective
underzeal, noun
intensity, passion.
apathy. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for zeal
  • Lake took to the challenge of exposing fakes with the same zeal he's shown in hoarding miniature liquor bottles.
  • With the zeal of one who reviles an age-old wrong, he raised painting above poetry.
  • In his political zeal he was not always scrupulous as to historical accuracy.
  • zeal, however, must not outrun discretion in changing abstract to concrete.
  • The stream of zeal sparkles with real fire, and not with reflex rays of sun and moon.
  • The city has a zeal for barreling toward the future while always looking back.
  • His own reformist zeal has never extended to issues of political control.
  • Unfortunately, this new deflation-busting zeal may be nothing more than a reformist fad that mistakes a symptom for the disease.
  • Over time, the zeal to sell big-enough chunks of these firms to enable them to become more independent has dissipated.
  • His principal charge is incompetence, and this he pursues with the zeal of a prosecutor.
British Dictionary definitions for zeal


fervent or enthusiastic devotion, often extreme or fanatical in nature, as to a religious movement, political cause, ideal, or aspiration
Word Origin
C14: from Late Latin zēlus, from Greek zēlos
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Word Origin and History for zeal

late 14c., from Late Latin zelus "zeal, emulation" (source of Old French zel, Italian zelo, Spanish celo), a Church word, from Greek zelos "zeal, ardor, jealousy," which is of uncertain origin.

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zeal in the Bible

an earnest temper; may be enlightened (Num. 25:11-13; 2 Cor. 7:11; 9:2), or ignorant and misdirected (Rom. 10:2; Phil. 3:6). As a Christian grace, it must be grounded on right principles and directed to right ends (Gal. 4:18). It is sometimes ascribed to God (2 Kings 19:31; Isa. 9:7; 37:32; Ezek. 5:13).

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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