missionary zeal

idiom

: great enthusiasm
He spoke with missionary zeal about the project.

Examples of missionary zeal in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The organization has also worked with missionary zeal to try to match various Adivasi deities with members of the vast pantheon of Hindu gods, turning traditional Adivasi religious observance into a manifestation of Hinduism. Hartosh Singh Bal, Foreign Affairs, 13 Apr. 2022 Such sweeping ambition is intrinsic, an expression of America’s inborn missionary zeal. Jon Sebastian Shifrin, Baltimore Sun, 26 Apr. 2024 That missionary zeal is more likely to influence the price, says Green, than any economic mechanism built into the system. Joel Khalili, WIRED, 12 Mar. 2024 Long before New Atheists stalked the earth, the cause of secularism possessed a peculiar missionary zeal. Chris Lehmann, The New Republic, 3 Nov. 2021 That sentiment has buoyed the candidacy of Ms. Lake, a telegenic former local news anchor with a missionary zeal to promote her agenda. Ruth Igielnik, New York Times, 1 Nov. 2022 Those were enormous shoes to fill, and Ritchie didn’t have the missionary zeal to compete. Los Angeles Times, 10 June 2021 This restoration will have to be balanced with the complexities of advancing democracy abroad, a project that Biden should not approach with missionary zeal. Michael Kimmage, The New Republic, 26 Jan. 2021 Subra’s missionary zeal hasn’t diminished over the years. Linda Marsa, Discover Magazine, 30 Sep. 2015

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“Missionary zeal.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/missionary%20zeal. Accessed 23 Jul. 2024.

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