Definitions of enthusiasm

  1. overflowing with enthusiasm
  2. a feeling of excitement
  3. a lively interest; " enthusiasm for his program is growing"
  4. A state of impassioned emotion; transport; elevation of fancy; exaltation of soul; as, the poetry of enthusiasm.
  5. Enkindled and kindling fervor of soul; strong excitement of feeling on behalf of a cause or a subject; ardent and imaginative zeal or interest; as, he engaged in his profession with enthusiasm.
  6. Intense eagerness; ardor of mind; fervent zeal; intense interest.
  7. An ecstasy of mind, as if from inspiration or possession by a spiritual influence: hence, a belief or conceit of being divinely inspired, or of being possessed of a private revelation; the confidence or opinion of a person that he has special divine communications from the Supreme Being or familiar intercourse with him; as, " Enthusiasm is founded neither on reason nor divine revelation, but rises from the conceits of a warmed or overweening imagination."- Locke: complete possession of the mind by any subject; violent passion or excitement in pursuit of some object, inspiring extravagant hope and confidence of success; ardent zeal in pursuit of an object; predominance of the emotional over the intellectual powers. Enthusiasm, guided by reason or experience, becomes a noble passion, that prompts to the ardent pursuit of laudable objects. Such is the enthusiasm of the poet, the orator, the painter, and the sculptor; of the patriot, the hero, and the Christian. " Faction and enthusiasm are the instruments by which popular governments are destroyed."- Ames: liveliness of imagination; elevation of fancy; exaltation of ideas; as, " Cowley was the first who imparted to English numbers the enthusiasm of the greater ode, and the gaiety of the less."- Johnson.
  8. Enthusiastic.
  9. Inspiration; passionate aeal.
  10. Earnest and fervent feeling; ardent zeal.
  11. Irrational religious ecstasy.
  12. Overflowing, irrepressible, often excessive, zeal or ardour inspired by a more or less intense, originally mistaken, conviction that the object of it is worthy of one's devotion; fervid or overfervid zeal.
  13. Elevation of fancy; intense heat of imagination arising from belief in revelation; fanaticism; violent excitement of mind in the pursuit of some object; ardent zeal.

Usage examples for enthusiasm

  1. At all events she has enthusiasm. – The Celestial Omnibus and other Stories by E. M. Forster
  2. But she said it without enthusiasm. – Senator North by Gertrude Atherton
  3. Is it possible, Mr. Fluette, I went on, with an enthusiasm which he did not in the least share, that it never occurred to you what Burke's game might be? – The Paternoster Ruby by Charles Edmonds Walk
  4. Now, Nan was only six years older than Patty herself, and she entered into the joke with almost as much enthusiasm as the younger girl. – Patty's Suitors by Carolyn Wells
  5. She received them with enthusiasm. – Witness For The Defence by A.E.W. Mason
  6. I understood that you intended to live with your uncle," she added in a burst of enthusiasm. – Virginia by Ellen Glasgow
  7. A week ago you were bitter against Dick and all enthusiasm for Ford. – The Uphill Climb by B. M. Bower
  8. The timid steward had not been able to overcome his enthusiasm. – Romance by Joseph Conrad and F.M. Hueffer
  9. They watched her now with interest and enthusiasm. – The Luckiest Girl in the School by Angela Brazil
  10. He is amused by the enthusiasm of her tone. – Floyd Grandon's Honor by Amanda Minnie Douglas
  11. She sat back awaiting his enthusiasm. – The Iron Trail by Rex Beach
  12. But Sir Penniston was now lost in the enthusiasm of his subject. – Mortmain by Arthur Cheny Train
  13. She seemed to Timothy such a far- away Arethusa, in spite of all this enthusiasm. – The Heart of Arethusa by Francis Barton Fox
  14. I said that I was crying for the judgment of some one who had love and enthusiasm; some one who had another idea than making money out of it. – The Journal of Arthur Stirling "The Valley of the Shadow" by Upton Sinclair
  15. She cannot forgive me for not pretending to enter into her enthusiasm. – The Tragic Comedians, Complete by George Meredith Last Updated: March 7, 2009
  16. And yet he responded with enthusiasm. – The Green Beret by Thomas Edward Purdom
  17. She has nothing to take her out of herself- not a single intellectual interest or moral enthusiasm. – Hedda Gabler Play In Four Acts by Henrik Ibsen