enthusiastic

adjective
en·​thu·​si·​as·​tic | \ in-ˌthü-zē-ˈa-stik How to pronounce enthusiastic (audio) , en- also -ˌthyü- \

Definition of enthusiastic

: filled with or marked by enthusiasm enthusiastic supporters an enthusiastic recommendation

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Other Words from enthusiastic

enthusiastically \ in-​ˌthü-​zē-​ˈa-​sti-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce enthusiastic (audio) , en-​ also  -​ˌthyü-​ \ adverb

Examples of enthusiastic in a Sentence

They were enthusiastic supporters of the president. I'm not wildly enthusiastic about your latest idea. She received an enthusiastic welcome.
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Recent Examples on the Web Victims may become less enthusiastic about testifying. Washington Post, "As virus cases fall, Maryland tries to dig out of backlogged jury trials," 27 Apr. 2021 The surge in partisan registration was not so much a reflection of enthusiastic support for Republican or Democratic leaders, political observers said, as it was driven by fear. Dustin Gardiner, San Francisco Chronicle, "Here's where the Democratic and Republican parties are growing most in California," 16 Apr. 2021 The mayor and commissioners, however, invited nearly a dozen racial justice advocates and leaders within communities of color to offer their enthusiastic support for the compromise during Wednesday’s hearing. oregonlive, "Portland leaders hope sweeping $6 million plan stems historic shooting surge," 8 Apr. 2021 Despite some conservative backlash to anti-hate protections for LGBTQ people, hate-crime bills historically have garnered enthusiastic bipartisan support. Saida Grundy, The Atlantic, "Violence Against Women Is a Hate Crime," 25 Mar. 2021 His enthusiastic support drew power brokers to the board, including Mr. Kissinger and James Mattis, the retired Marine general who would become President Trump’s defense secretary. New York Times, "George P. Shultz, Top Cabinet Official Under Nixon and Reagan, Dies at 100," 7 Feb. 2021 Told of his coach’s enthusiastic support, Conley reciprocated the sentiment, saying his resurgence is owed to Snyder’s continued support. Eric Walden, The Salt Lake Tribune, "Mike Conley’s green light is now a ‘green sun’ after 33-point performance in Utah Jazz’s defeat of Clippers," 1 Jan. 2021 Rick Steber, a Prineville businessman, was less enthusiastic. Andrew Selsky, ajc, "Facebook grows in Oregon with data center, fiber-optic cable," 18 Mar. 2021 Fiscal conservatives tended to be less enthusiastic. Samuel Gregg, National Review, "The Conservative Fight over the Size of Government," 24 Feb. 2021

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First Known Use of enthusiastic

1603, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for enthusiastic

borrowed from New Latin & Greek; New Latin enthūsiasticus, borrowed from Greek enthousiastikós "inspired, excited," from enthousiastḗs "person inspired by a god" + -ikos -ic entry 1 — more at enthusiast

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The first known use of enthusiastic was in 1603

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6 May 2021

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“Enthusiastic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/enthusiastic. Accessed 15 May. 2021.

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enthusiastic

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of enthusiastic

: feeling or showing strong excitement about something : filled with or marked by enthusiasm

enthusiastic

adjective
en·​thu·​si·​as·​tic | \ in-ˌthü-zē-ˈa-stik How to pronounce enthusiastic (audio) , -ˌthyü- \

Kids Definition of enthusiastic

: feeling strong excitement about something : full of enthusiasm

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