• Enthusiastic Lady
    Enthusiastic Lady
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n enthusiast an ardent and enthusiastic supporter of some person or activity
    • n enthusiast a person having a strong liking for something
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: "Fan" is an abbreviation for the word "fanatic." Toward the turn of the 19th century, various media referred to football enthusiasts first as "football fanatics," and later as a "football fan."
    • n Enthusiast One moved or actuated by enthusiasm; as: One who imagines himself divinely inspired, or possessed of some special revelation; a religious madman; a fanatic. One whose mind is wholly possessed and heated by what engages it; one who is influenced by a peculiar; fervor of mind; an ardent and imaginative person. "Enthusiasts soon understand each other."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: On November 29, 1941, the program for the annual Army-Navy football game carried a picture of the Battleship Arizona, captioned: "It is significant that despite the claims of air enthusiasts no battleship has yet been sunk by bombs." Today you can visit the site—now a shrine—where Japanese dive bombers sunk the Arizona at Pearl Harbor only nine days later.
    • n enthusiast One who imagines he has special or supernatural converse with God, or that he is divinely instructed or commissioned.
    • n enthusiast One who is given to or characterized by enthusiasm; one whose mind is excited and whose feelings are engrossed in devotion to a belief or a principle, or the pursuit of an object; one who is swayed to a great or an undue extent by emotion in regard to anything; a person of ardent zeal.
    • n enthusiast [capitalized] Eccles., one of the names given to a Euchite. Synonyms Visionary, fanatic, devotee, zealot, dreamer. See comparison under enthusiastic.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Enthusiast one inspired by enthusiasm: one who admires or loves intensely
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  • Edward G. Bulwer-Lytton
    “The prudent person may direct a state, but it is the enthusiast who regenerates or ruins it.”
  • Dale Carnegie
    “If you want to be enthusiastic, act enthusiastic.”
  • William Cowper
    “No wild enthusiast could rest, till half the world like him was possessed.”
  • Benjamin Disraeli
    “The people of England are the most enthusiastic in the world.”
  • Sir John Robert Seeley
    Sir John Robert Seeley
    “No virtue is safe that is not enthusiastic.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “Be ENTHUSIASTIC as a leader. You can't light a fire with a wet match!”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Gr. : cf. F. enthousiaste,
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.


In literature:

I am enthusiastic about my part of the work, and ask and expect you to be just as enthusiastic as I am.
"The Art of Stage Dancing" by Ned Wayburn
The son was even more enthusiastic than the father on this subject.
"Lives of the Engineers The Locomotive. George and Robert Stephenson" by Samuel Smiles
The boys were enthusiastic that Paul had found a printer.
"Paul and the Printing Press" by Sara Ware Bassett
Clubs of enthusiasts tried to hasten the day of nationalization by forming Bellamistic societies.
"The New Nation" by Frederic L. Paxson
Dissatisfied with the system of the Theatines, the enthusiastic Spaniard turned his face towards Rome.
"Critical and Historical Essays, Volume III (of 3)" by Thomas Babington Macaulay
As soon as he had gone the bravos gathered about Cocardasse and patted him enthusiastically on the back.
"The Duke's Motto" by Justin Huntly McCarthy
No doctors are enthusiastic; You are enthusiastic.
"Symbolic Logic" by Lewis Carroll
Jackson the President, Jackson the general, was an enthusiast.
"Diary from November 12, 1862, to October 18, 1863" by Adam Gurowski
These enthusiastic plaudits, loud, long, reiterated, sent dismay to the hearts of the Catholics.
"Henry IV, Makers of History" by John S. C. Abbott
The men were enthusiastic in their appreciation of her efforts.
"The Last Voyage" by Lady (Annie Allnutt) Brassey

In poetry:

Or thee, Old Cause, when'er advancing;
All great Ideas, the races' aspirations,
All that exalts, releases thee, my Soul!
All heroisms, deeds of rapt enthusiasts,
Be ye my Gods!
"God" by Walt Whitman
Now flies with thee the walk at eventide,
That favouring hour to rapt enthusiasts dear;
When most they love to seek the mountain side,
And mark the pomp of twilight hastening near.
"On the Approach of Autumn" by Amelia Opie
The sweeet enthusiast heard her lover groan;
And sighing from the promontory's steep,
"See, dear-lov'd spirit!--I am thine alone!"
She said; and plunging sought him 'midst the deep.
"The Power Of Love" by Charlotte Dacre
VIII. But the little enthusiast who boasts THEE her friend,
And who strays midst this world of romance,
Where nature such scenes e'en to fancy can lend
As ne'er floated on fancy's rapt glance;
"Fragment XVI." by Sydney Owenson
"Mortal, Immortal, would desires like these
Had claimed thy prime, employed thine hours of ease!
But then, within thee burned th' enthusiast's fire,
Wild love of freedom, longings for the lyre;
"To My Own Heart" by Mary Jane Jewsbury
But to recur to him who rests beneath—
He had a heart enthusiastic, warm,
And form’d for love—no prejudice dwelt there;
He roam’d about the world to find a heart
Which felt with his, he sought, and found it not.
"The Suicide’s Grave (From The German)" by George Borrow

In news:

CFN Gazette staff Architecture enthusiasts were up in arms last week about the fate of the historic Bavinger House located east of Norman.
It was just a matter of time before fitness enthusiasts capitalized on the thigh-burning effects of the Gangnam Style dance.
In this 11-day tour, plant enthusiasts see how plants perform in a variety of settings, both outdoors and in containers.
Sponsored by the Monticello Chamber of Commerce, the event is driven by the enthusiastic support of Staci and Jeremy Hoggard at Get Go Imaging.
Cons Missing some higher-end enthusiast-oriented features.
In the early 1990s, Jonathan Glick , a programmer and news enthusiast, approached The New York Times about taking the paper digital.
Terry Ketron/Special to The Explorer, Glider pilot Tony Smolder is one of some 110 glider pilots and enthusiasts at El Tiro Gliderport, the base for Tucson Soaring Club.
The four-figure price tags on early DVD recorders for home use kept many video enthusiasts away.
Type enthusiast Barry Schwartz believes in font revival and has released several works based on typefaces by the American designer Frederic Goudy .
4.99 Download: Ultimate Dinopedia for iPad If there's a dinosaur enthusiast in your family, National Geographic Society's Ultimate Dinopedia app might be worth a look.
A group of enthusiasts, along with some volunteers, gathered in Redondo Beach, got on a ship and kicked off the season the right way.
Women make up one of the fastest-growing segments of the community of hunting and shooting enthusiasts.
Growlers , which in recent decades have taken the form of 2-liter brown-glass jugs, have been experiencing a resurgence among beer enthusiasts looking for their favorite microbrews or those who just want fresh draft beer at home.
While we enthusiastically salute all members of the Mile-High-Club as brave pioneers of public sex, safety is always important.
Frank Lloyd Wright enthusiasts gathered in Mason City this evening to celebrate the legendary architect.

In science:

The design and construction of this experiment is proceeding well and we enthusiastically recommend the continuing strongly support of this program.
Neutrinoless double beta decay and direct searches for neutrino mass
The Australian physicist Foot became a great enthusiast of mirror particles and published dozens of articles on this sub ject.
Mirror particles and mirror matter: 50 years of speculation and search
And yet perceptions in the broader astronomical community are mixed, ranging from those who enthusiastically use VO tools to generate science, to those who consider that its value and relevance have yet to be demonstrated.
Astronomical Data Management
If you are a tau physics enthusiast, there is no comparison between the tau physics programme at SuperB and the tau physics programme at LHCb. [And for] anything that requires a primary vertex (including, probably, charm semileptonic decays) the performance will simply be better at SuperB.
The future of charm physics: a discussion
The author would like to thank Gary Lorden for suggesting this problem and for his enthusiastic support of the author’s thesis research, of which this work is an outgrowth.
Asymptotically optimal multistage tests of simple hypotheses