enthusiasm

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n enthusiasm overflowing with eager enjoyment or approval
    • n enthusiasm a lively interest "enthusiasm for his program is growing"
    • n enthusiasm a feeling of excitement
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: When you give someone roses, the color can have a meaning. The meaning of rose colors: Red = Love and respect, Deep pink = Gratitude, appreciation, Light pink = Admiration, sympathy White = Reverence, humility, Yellow = Joy, gladness,Orange = Enthusiasm, desire, Red & yellow blend = Gaiety, joviality,Pale blended tones = Sociability, friendship
    • Enthusiasm A state of impassioned emotion; transport; elevation of fancy; exaltation of soul; as, the poetry of enthusiasm . "Resolutions adopted in enthusiasm are often repented of when excitement has been succeeded by the wearing duties of hard everyday routine.""Exhibiting the seeming contradiction of susceptibility to enthusiasm and calculating shrewdness."
    • Enthusiasm Enkindled and kindling fervor of soul; strong excitement of feeling on behalf of a cause or a subject; ardent and imaginative zeal or interest; as, he engaged in his profession with enthusiasm . "Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm ."
    • Enthusiasm Inspiration as if by a divine or superhuman power; ecstasy; hence, a conceit of divine possession and revelation, or of being directly subject to some divine impulse. "Enthusiasm is founded neither on reason nor divine revelation, but rises from the conceits of a warmed or overweening imagination."
    • Enthusiasm Lively manifestation of joy or zeal. "Philip was greeted with a tumultuous enthusiasm ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n enthusiasm An ecstasy of mind, as if from inspiration or possession by a spiritual influence; hence, a belief or conceit of being divinely inspired or commissioned.
    • n enthusiasm In general, a natural tendency toward extravagant admiration and devotion; specifically, absorbing or controlling possession of the mind by any interest, study, or pursuit; ardent zeal in pursuit of some object, inspiring energetic endeavor with strong hope and confidence of success. Enthusiasm generally proceeds from honorable and exalted motives or ideas, whether correct or erroneous.
    • n enthusiasm An experience or a manifestation of exalted appreciation or devotion; an expression or a feeling of exalted admiration, imagination, or the like: in this sense with a plural: as, his enthusiasms were now all extinguished; the enthusiasm of impassioned oratory.
    • n enthusiasm Synonyms Earnestness, Zeal, etc. (see eagerness); warmth, ardor, passion, devotion.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Enthusiasm en-thū′zi-azm intense interest: intensity of feeling: passionate zeal
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Quotations

  • Henry David Thoreau
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    “None are so old as those who have outlived enthusiasm”
  • Arthur James Balfour
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    “Enthusiasm moves the world.”
  • William Ellery Channing
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    “All noble enthusiasms pass through a feverish stage, and grow wiser and more serene.”
  • Walter Chrysler
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    “The real secret to success is enthusiasm.”
  • Benjamin Disraeli
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    “Every production of genius must be the production of enthusiasm.”
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson
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    “Enthusiasm is the leaping lightning, not to be measured by the horse-power of the understanding.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Gr. , fr. to be inspired or possessed by the god, fr. , , inspired: cf. enthousiasme,. See Entheal Theism
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Through L., from Gr. enthusiasmos, a god-inspired zeal—enthousiazein, to be inspired by a god—en, in, theos, a god.

Usage

In literature:

The crowd went mad with enthusiasm.
"The Root of Evil" by Thomas Dixon
Once more provided with funds, he recommenced his labours with all the zeal and enthusiasm of a young man.
"Memoirs of Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds" by Charles Mackay
He excited them to enthusiasm, perceived their merits, and rewarded the successful with presents and favors.
"A Modern History, From the Time of Luther to the Fall of Napoleon" by John Lord
His labour and his enthusiasm deserved a more appreciative eye.
"Robert Elsmere" by Mrs. Humphry Ward
The two thousand and odd people were like one, and their enthusiasm was something awful.
"The Letters of Charles Dickens" by Charles Dickens
To attempt to stem this tide of popular enthusiasm would inevitably be fatal.
"The Bronze Eagle" by Emmuska Orczy, Baroness Orczy
He was a young man who went into the secession movement with lofty enthusiasm.
"Robert Toombs" by Pleasant A. Stovall
No one, not even Gustave himself, felt the enthusiasm so keenly as did little Charles, then twelve years old.
"Charles Frohman: Manager and Man" by Isaac Frederick Marcosson and Daniel Frohman
The large majority of the university there were by this time full of enthusiasm for his cause.
"The Great Events by Famous Historians, Volume 9" by Various
The academic work of the grades is alive with enthusiasm.
"The New Education" by Scott Nearing
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In poetry:

Her martial sounds can fainting troops inspire
With strength unwonted, and enthusiasm raise;
Infuse new ardour, and with youthful fire
Urge on the warrior gray with length of days.
"Music" by Henry Kirke White
And so a weighty rock she aimed
With much enthusiasm:
"Oh, lor'!" the startled gnat exclaimed,
And promptly had a spasm:
A natural proceeding this was,
Considering how close the miss was.
"The Confidant Peasant And The Maladroit Bear" by Guy Wetmore Carryl
Hark, how the peoples surge and sigh,
And laughters fail, and greetings die;
Hopes dwindle; yea,
Faiths waste away,
Affections and enthusiasms numb:
Thou canst not mend these things if thou dost come.
"To An Unborn Pauper Child" by Thomas Hardy

In news:

Joe Staley's enthusiasm well-earned .
The new season of Curb Your Enthusiasm —a show that I'd begun to like—has gone wrong, and your "people" may be afraid to tell you.
Voter enthusiasm toward presidential campaign.
Already burned through your enthusiasm for the James Blake album.
Arizona looks like the headquarters of Steelers WestThe same as so many others of his brethren, Randy Waters isn't hiding his Steelers enthusiasm behind enemy lines this week.
Young lady has enthusiasm for the outdoors.
He has repeatedly been tested for patience and perseverence and battles on with enthusiasm and a positive attitude.
I have a ton of enthusiasm for life and love to goof around.
(AP) US births fell for the fourth year in a row, the government reported Wednesday, with experts calling it more proof that the weak economy has continued to dampen enthusiasm for having children.
An analysis of absentee ballot requests by a University of Dayton history professor shows a significant shift in Republican enthusiasm since 2008.
Shoppers packed Bay Area malls for post-Thanksgiving deals Thursday and Friday, with waves of bargain buyers professing enthusiasm for their expeditions that began right after Turkey Day dinner had been consumed and continued through dawn.
If asked to describe Saturday's culminating River Clean-Up in one word, the word would be enthusiasm.
He starred in NBC's short-lived The Michael Richards Show, and briefly appeared on Curb Your Enthusiasm during the Seinfeld reunion arc.
LSU is expected to lose by more than a touchdown, but that didn't seem to dampen the enthusiasm around campus.
Upon meeting Hudson, she realized they also shared an enthusiasm for the history of the South as expressed in regional maps.
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In science:

They might have then felt the enthusiasm and the great demand from children, their teachers and parents to talk about science.
Bringing Science into Schools through Astronomy. Project ASTRO, Tucson
While the 2004 preliminary result showed an interesting deviation from the global UT fit, the recent BELLE update has restored consistency with the SM and damped enthusiasm [35,20].
Semileptonic and radiative B decays circa 2005
This enthusiasm was motivated by both the proximity of the system (d = 19 pc, making it the closest known transiting exoplanet), and the favorable ratio of the planet’s area to that of the star, both of which facilitate observations geared to detect the planet directly in either emitted or reflected light.
Hot Jupiters: Lands of Plenty
K2K collaboration is offering a $2M detector for use at FNAL is ample evidence of their enthusiasm for these measurements and commitment to getting them done.
Bringing the SciBar Detector to the Booster Neutrino Beam
This caused a lot of enthusiasm and could be nicely explained by a variety of new physics scenarios at the weak scale, in particular by weak-scale supersymmetry (SUSY).
The Muon Magnetic Moment and Supersymmetry
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