Examples of zeal in a Sentence
… 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
In 1248, channelling his piety into crusading zeal, Louis embarked on the Seventh Crusade, against the wishes of the Pope and against the judgement of his counsellors. —Alistair Horne, Seven Ages of Paris, 2002
He showed his anatomical zeal by robbing a wayside gibbet, smuggling the bones back home and reconstructing the skeleton. —Roy Porter, The Greatest Benefit to Mankind, 1997
Recent Examples of zeal from the Web
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In his zeal to centralize authority in his office, the monomaniacal Gingrich began doing away with any person or institution on Capitol Hill with the knowledge and experience to second-guess his grand plans.
But there also seems scant prospect of that, given the zeal with which Mr Kim is pursuing his missile programme.
But some court watchers are raising eyebrows at the zeal Gorsuch has shown in looking to change the law, particularly in the area of religious liberty and church-state separation.
House and Senate Republicans' zeal for cutting Medicaid funding puts my health in serious jeopardy.
One year after his arrest on fraud charges, James Duckett Jr. went on trial in federal court Monday, accused of using the city of Hartford's zeal for a new soccer stadium to steal hundreds of thousands in public funds.
Alan Gilbert stands for the highest quality in music, together with a major zeal for innovation and creativity.
David and George have embraced him with avuncular zeal, inviting him for home-cooked meals, attending his concerts, discussing the meaning of life.
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Origin and Etymology of zeal
Middle English zele, from Late Latin zelus, from Greek zēlos
First Known Use: 14th centurySee Words from the same year
Synonym Discussion of zeal
ZEAL Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of zeal for English Language Learners
: a strong feeling of interest and enthusiasm that makes someone very eager or determined to do something
ZEAL Defined for Kids
Definition of zeal for Students
: eager desire to get something done or see something succeed Feeling better, she attacked her homework with renewed zeal. — Louise Fitzhugh, Harriet the Spy
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