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[zel-uh s] /ˈzɛl əs/
full of, characterized by, or due to zeal; ardently active, devoted, or diligent.
Origin of zealous
1520-30; < Medieval Latin zēlōsus. See zeal, -ous
Related forms
zealously, adverb
zealousness, noun
nonzealous, adjective
nonzealously, adverb
nonzealousness, noun
underzealous, adjective
underzealously, adverb
underzealousness, noun
unzealous, adjective
unzealously, adverb Unabridged
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Examples from the web for zealously
  • Anyone who has had experience of a large organization in the hands of zealously innovating bureaucrats will know the feeling.
  • Players, though zealously recruited, are not given athletic scholarships.
  • Lawyers, to maintain their practice, must zealously guard their reputations.
  • Clearly the attorney has a duty to zealously represent a client and to avoid foreseeable prejudice to a client.
British Dictionary definitions for zealously


filled with or inspired by intense enthusiasm or zeal; ardent; fervent
Derived Forms
zealously, adverb
zealousness, noun
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Word Origin and History for zealously



1520s, from Medieval Latin zelosus (source of Italian zeloso, Spanish celoso), from zelus (see zeal). Related: Zealously, zealousness.

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