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[ noun ] a feeling of strong eagerness (usually in favor of a person or cause)

Synonyms

ardor elan ardour

Examples

"they were imbued with a revolutionary ardor" "he felt a kind of religious zeal"

Used in print

(R. F. Shaw, "The `Private Eye`"...)

In either case , they do not appreciate the private_detective 's zeal .

Related terms

eagerness

2
[ noun ] excessive fervor to do something or accomplish some end

Examples

"he had an absolute zeal for litigation"

Used in print

(John Michael Ray, "Rhode Island's Reactions...)

J._Wheaton_Smith , editor of the Warren_Telegraph stated that `` the ends of justice must be satisfied , a solitary example must be set , in_order_that all those misnamed philantropists [ sic ] , who , actuated by a blind zeal , dare to instigate riot , treason , and murder , may heed it and shape their future course accordingly '' .

Related terms

fire

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