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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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  • His zealousness shocked the arbitrage business, which had been accustomed to small, cautious investments.
  • Yet, zealousness still characterizes reform efforts at the middle level.
  • Students, in their zealousness to make sure the brakes respond rapidly, have a tendency to reduce travel to less than the minimum.
  • It was pointed out their harnessed zealousness would have its benefits in any national defense need.
  • His zealousness should be directed to the introduction of competent evidence.
  • They can be criticized for imposing their expectations for drive, high-speed and zealousness onto others.
  • zealousness in the search for subversives made the senator unwilling to accept bureaucratic.
  • Owing to the zealousness of hunters who wage constant warfare on this trouble-some neighbor, he is daily growing rarer.
British Dictionary definitions for zealousness


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 zealousness



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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