fervor for a person, cause, or object; eager desire or endeavor; enthusiastic diligence; ardor.

1350–1400; Middle English zele < Late Latin zēlus < Greek zêlos

zealless, adjective
underzeal, noun

intensity, passion.

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zeal (ziːl)
fervent or enthusiastic devotion, often extreme or fanatical in nature, as to a religious movement, political cause, ideal, or aspiration
[C14: from Late Latin zēlus, from Greek zēlos]

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Word Origin & History

late 14c., from L.L. zelus "zeal, emulation" (cf. O.Fr. zel, It. zelo, Sp. celo), a Church word, from Gk. zelos "zeal, ardor, jealousy," which is of uncertain origin.
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Zeal definition

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).

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Example sentences
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
In his political zeal he was not always scrupulous as to historical accuracy.
Zeal, however, must not outrun discretion in changing abstract to concrete.
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