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zealous

[zel-uh s] /ˈzɛl əs/
adjective
1.
full of, characterized by, or due to zeal; ardently active, devoted, or diligent.
Origin of zealous
1520-1530
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
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  • In his zealousness Mr. Dolman might anger her husband, then his logic would avail little.

    Thoroughbreds W. A. Fraser
  • Into eyes and lips alike came something else—something touched with the zealousness of aspiration.

    When 'Bear Cat' Went Dry Charles Neville Buck
  • With these two cold, stern men to nod approval at his zealousness, he went to greater lengths than he might otherwise have done.

    Joel: A Boy of Galilee Annie Fellows Johnston
British Dictionary definitions for zealousness

zealous

/ˈzɛləs/
adjective
1.
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

zealous

ad.

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

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