\ɛnθjˈuːzɪˌazəm], \ɛnθjˈuːzɪˌazəm], \ɛ_n_θ_j_ˈuː_z_ɪ__ˌa_z_ə_m]\
Definitions of ENTHUSIASM
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By Princeton University
By DataStellar Co., Ltd
By Oddity Software
By Noah Webster.
By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer
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.
By Daniel Lyons
By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman
By James Champlin Fernald
By Nuttall, P.Austin.
By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H.
n. [Greek] Belief in a special personal revelation from God; — heated imagination; —passionate excitement in pursuit of an object; ardent zeal;—exalted ideas; elevated fancy or conception; fanaticism; extravagance; devoteeism.