zeal

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

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

zealless, adjective
underzeal, noun


intensity, passion.


apathy.
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zeal (ziːl)
 
n
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

zeal
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
  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.
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