noun \ˈzēl\

: a strong feeling of interest and enthusiasm that makes someone very eager or determined to do something

Full Definition of ZEAL

:  eagerness and ardent interest in pursuit of something :  fervor <her zeal to succeed strained her relationships>

Examples of ZEAL

  1. … he was uncomfortable with their lavish parties and their collector's zeal for the most expensive, most ostentatious brand names—Rolex and Prada and Farragamo. —Anne Tyler, Digging to America, 2006

Origin of ZEAL

Middle English zele, from Late Latin zelus, from Greek zēlos
First Known Use: 14th century


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