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Definitions of enthusiasm

  1.   a lively interest; " enthusiasm for his program is growing"
  2.   Lively manifestation of joy or zeal.
  3.   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.
  4.   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.
  5.   Enthusiastic.
  6.   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.
  7.   a feeling of excitement
  8.   overflowing with enthusiasm
  9.   Intense eagerness; ardor of mind; fervent zeal; intense interest.
  10.   Earnest and fervent feeling; ardent zeal.
  11.   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.
  12.   A state of impassioned emotion; transport; elevation of fancy; exaltation of soul; as, the poetry of enthusiasm.
  13.   Inspiration; passionate aeal.
  14.   Inspiration as if by a divine or superhuman power; ecstasy; hence, a conceit of divine possession and revelation, or of being directly subject to some divine impulse.
  15.   Irrational religious ecstasy.

Quotes of enthusiasm

  1. Faked enthusiasm is worse than bad acting- it is bad acting with the intent to deceive. – Bo Bennett
  2. While we are focusing on fear, worry, or hate, it is not possible for us to be experiencing happiness, enthusiasm or love. – Bo Bennett
  3. Of course, Americans have no monopoly of patriotic enthusiasm and good faith. – Herbert Croly
  4. Thus, after finishing high school, I started with high expectations and enthusiasm to study chemistry at the famous Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich. – Richard Ernst
  5. My attitude is always one of sensuality, aggressive enthusiasm and a kind of outrageousness in my expression. – Sally Kirkland
  6. I fear my enthusiasm flags when real work is demanded of me. – H. P. Lovecraft
  7. Years wrinkle the skin, but to give up enthusiasm wrinkles the soul. – Douglas MacArthur
  8. The people in East Germany have lived through so many changes in the last 15 years like never before in the country, and they did this often with great enthusiasm But in the West we also have a high degree of transformations. – Angela Merkel
  9. There is a real magic in enthusiasm It spells the difference between mediocrity and accomplishment. – Norman Vincent Peale
  10. I consider my ability to arouse enthusiasm among men the greatest asset I possess. The way to develop the best that is in a man is by appreciation and encouragement. – Charles M. Schwab
  11. I wouldn't call it radical; I would call it enthusiasm for progress. – John Templeton
  12. Years may wrinkle the skin, but to give up enthusiasm wrinkles the soul. Worry, fear, self -distrust bows the heart and turns the spirit back to dust. – Samuel Ullman
  13. How do you go from where you are to where you wanna be? And I think you have to have an enthusiasm for life. You have to have a dream, a goal. And you have to be willing to work for it. – Jim Valvano
  14. It is difficult to describe in short the enthusiasm and devotion provoked by and given to my research. We lived almost in poverty. I used pencils, two for a nickel, and could not buy a fountain pen, when I lost mine. – Immanuel Velikovsky
  15. Enthusiasm is the most important thing in life. – Tennessee Williams

Usage examples for enthusiasm

  1. “ I understood that you intended to live with your uncle," she added in a burst of enthusiasm – Virginia by Ellen Glasgow
  2. She sat back awaiting his enthusiasm – The Iron Trail by Rex Beach
  3. The truth is most of our young girls or brides have a wonderful enthusiasm worthy of a better cause. ” – The Call of the Canyon by Zane Grey
  4. “ A week ago you were bitter against Dick and all enthusiasm for Ford. ” – The Uphill Climb by B. M. Bower
  5. “ 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
  6. Out here one could think and grow and really live, she declared, with enthusiasm – Lonesome Land by B. M. Bower
  7. They watched her now with interest and enthusiasm – The Luckiest Girl in the School by Angela Brazil
  8. “ 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
  9. The timid steward had not been able to overcome his enthusiasm – Romance by Joseph Conrad and F.M. Hueffer
  10. She cannot forgive me for not pretending to enter into her enthusiasm – The Tragic Comedians, Complete by George Meredith Last Updated: March 7, 2009
  11. But she said it without enthusiasm – Senator North by Gertrude Atherton
  12. “ Penrod affected some enthusiasm – Penrod and Sam by Booth Tarkington
  13. But Sir Penniston was now lost in the enthusiasm of his subject. ” – Mortmain by Arthur Cheny Train
  14. 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
  15. And yet he responded with enthusiasm – The Green Beret by Thomas Edward Purdom
  16. At all events she has enthusiasm – The Celestial Omnibus and other Stories by E. M. Forster
  17. He is amused by the enthusiasm of her tone. ” – Floyd Grandon's Honor by Amanda Minnie Douglas
  18. She seemed to Timothy such a far- away Arethusa, in spite of all this enthusiasm – The Heart of Arethusa by Francis Barton Fox
  19. 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
  20. She received them with enthusiasm – Witness For The Defence by A.E.W. Mason