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
Sen. Richard Burr, R-N.C., the chairman of the panel, has shown an increasing zeal for pursuing the question after an uncertain start.
Douglass said, speaking of the Confederacy and the zeal of its leaders to preserve the institution of slavery.
Related: Police have also expressed more serious concerns about safety, considering the teenagers' zeal for ambushing or fleeing each other.
Their zeal gives them some of the hallmarks of a cult: individuality is sacrificed for the greater good and orders are followed with few questions.
To see the West Bank and East Jerusalem today, as Chabon and Waldman’s contributors did, is to encounter a military occupation that is deeply entrenched, while settlers, filled with zeal, are constantly and steadily expanding their enterprise.
The Federation Internationale de l’Automobile are the Draconians who think up rules even Melvin Belli couldn’t get around and enforce them with such zeal a Catholic school nun would shake her head at the injustice.
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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
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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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