Definitions of enthusiasm

  1. a feeling of excitement
  2. a lively interest; " enthusiasm for his program is growing"
  3. A state of impassioned emotion; transport; elevation of fancy; exaltation of soul; as, the poetry of enthusiasm.
  4. 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.
  5. Intense eagerness; ardor of mind; fervent zeal; intense interest.
  6. 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.
  7. Enthusiastic.
  8. Inspiration; passionate aeal.
  9. Earnest and fervent feeling; ardent zeal.
  10. Irrational religious ecstasy.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
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