noun /ziːl/
The fervor or tireless devotion for a person, cause, or ideal and determination in its furtherance; diligent enthusiasm; powerful interest.
See Also: jealous, jealousy

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  • Zeal — • From delos, a derivative of deo to boil , to throb with heat Catholic Encyclopedia. Kevin Knight. 2006. Zeal     Zeal     † …   Catholic encyclopedia

  • zeal — zeal; zeal·less; zeal·ot·ism; zeal·ot·ry; zeal·ous; zeal·ous·ly; zeal·ous·ness; zeal·ot; un·zeal·ous·ly; …   English syllables

  • zeal — [zi:l] n [U] [Date: 1300 1400; : Late Latin; Origin: zelus, from Greek zelos] eagerness to do something, especially to achieve a particular religious or political aim religious/revolutionary/missionary etc zeal ▪ He approached the job with… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • Zeal — eal (z[=e]l), n. [F. z[ e]le; cf. Pg. & It. zelo, Sp. zelo, celo; from L. zelus, Gr. ?, probably akin to ? to boil. Cf. {Yeast}, {Jealous}.] [1913 Webster] 1. Passionate ardor in the pursuit of anything; eagerness in favor of a person or cause;… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Zeal — may refer to: * Zealotry, excessive ideological zeal * Zeal (web), an internet directory * Kingdom of Zeal, a kingdom in the Chrono Trigger video game * ZeAL indie rock band from Toronto, Ontario Canada * USS Zeal , a U.S. Navy minesweeper …   Wikipedia

  • Zeal|ot — «ZEHL uht», noun. a person who shows too much zeal; immoderate partisan; fanatic: »A band of zealots…is pushing his candidacy hard (Wall Street Journal). SYNONYM(S): bigot. ╂[< Latin zēlōtēs < Greek zēlōt < zēloûn be zealous < zêlos… …   Useful english dictionary

  • zeal — [ zil ] noun uncount FORMAL a lot of energy, effort, and enthusiasm: religious/revolutionary zeal In their zeal to industrialize, they got rid of too many farms …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • zeal — (n.) 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 …   Etymology dictionary

  • zeal — [zēl] n. [ME zele < LL(Ec) zelus, zeal, emulation < Gr zēlos, zeal, ardor < IE base * yā , to be excited, praise > OSlav jaru, furious] intense enthusiasm, as in working for a cause; ardent endeavor or devotion; ardor; fervor SYN.… …   English World dictionary

  • zeal|ot|ry — «ZEHL uh tree», noun, plural es. 1. action or feeling characteristic of a zealot; too great zeal; fanaticism. 2. an instance of this …   Useful english dictionary

  • Zeal — eal, v. i. To be zealous. [Obs. & R.] Bacon. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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