• WordNet 3.6
    • n zeal prompt willingness "readiness to continue discussions","they showed no eagerness to spread the gospel","they disliked his zeal in demonstrating his superiority","he tried to explain his forwardness in battle"
    • n zeal excessive fervor to do something or accomplish some end "he had an absolute zeal for litigation"
    • n zeal a feeling of strong eagerness (usually in favor of a person or cause) "they were imbued with a revolutionary ardor","he felt a kind of religious zeal"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Zeal A zealot. "Simon the Canaanite ."
    • Zeal Passionate ardor in the pursuit of anything; eagerness in favor of a person or cause; ardent and active interest; engagedness; enthusiasm; fervor. "Ambition varnished o'er with zeal .""Zeal , the blind conductor of the will.""Zeal's never-dying fire.""I bear them record that they have a zeal of God, but not according to knowledge.""A zeal for liberty is sometimes an eagerness to subvert with little care what shall be established.""Ambition varnished o'er with zeal .""Zeal , the blind conductor of the will.""Zeal's never-dying fire.""I bear them record that they have a zeal of God, but not according to knowledge.""A zeal for liberty is sometimes an eagerness to subvert with little care what shall be established."
    • v. i Zeal To be zealous.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n zeal Passionate ardor in the pursuit of anything; intense interest or endeavor; eagerness to accomplish or obtain some object.
    • n zeal Synonyms Earnestness, Enthusiasm, etc. (see eagerness), warmth, fervor, heartiness, energy.
    • zeal To entertain zeal; be zealous.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Zeal zēl boiling or passionate ardour for anything: enthusiasm
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  • Alexander Pope
    “For virtue's self may too much zeal be had; the worst of madmen is a saint run mad.”
  • Frederick W. Faber
    Frederick W. Faber
    “Kindness has converted more sinners than zeal, eloquence, or learning.”
  • Junius
    “There is a holy, mistaken zeal in politics, as well as in religion. By persuading others, we convince ourselves.”
  • Buddha
    “Through zeal, knowledge is gotten; through lack of zeal, knowledge is lost.”
  • Charles Buxton
    Charles Buxton
    “Experience shows that success is due less to ability than to zeal. The winner is he who gives himself to his work body and soul.”
  • Sir John Davies
    Sir John Davies
    “Zeal without knowledge is the sister of folly.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. zèle,; cf. Pg. & It. zelo, Sp. zelo, celo,; from L. zelus, Gr. , probably akin to to boil. Cf. Yeast Jealous
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. zele—L. zelus—Gr. zēlos, zeein, to boil. Cf. Yeast.


In literature:

The consuming zeal for studies on the part of this incomprehensible youth is probably unparalleled.
"The Life of Napoleon Bonaparte" by William Milligan Sloane
The zeal and intelligence of that clergyman was conspicuous in the management of the prisoner class.
"The History of Tasmania, Volume I (of 2)" by John West
The whole province was bursting with warlike zeal.
"The Rise of Canada, from Barbarism to Wealth and Civilisation" by Charles Roger
Sir Ralph Abercromby was at this time sixty-one years of age; but in zeal and ardour he excelled nearly all the junior officers.
"William Pitt and the Great War" by John Holland Rose
By appealing to the devotion of her courtiers as lovers, she hoped to kindle their zeal in serving their Queen.
"Sir Walter Ralegh" by William Stebbing
Peter had among the apostles a certain precedence, derived directly from his zeal and his activity.
"The Great Events by Famous Historians, Volume 03" by Various
Perhaps his zeal was not always according to knowledge.
"St. Bernard of Clairvaux's Life of St. Malachy of Armagh" by H. J. Lawlor
Smith's zeal had its limits.
"The English Utilitarians, Volume II (of 3)" by Leslie Stephen
Educational zeal now ran in this channel.
"The Great Events by Famous Historians, Volume 11" by Various
These he fulfilled with assiduity, zeal, and knowledge, till the very moment when he was to treasure up the different crops.
"Eastern Tales by Many Story Tellers" by Various

In poetry:

"Yet, O forgive an old man's care
Forgive a father's zeal:
Who fondly loves, must greatly fear;
Who fears, must greatly feel.
"Sir Eldred Of The Bower : A Legendary Tale: In Two Parts" by Hannah More
Thou, thy country's call obeying,
Hast her battles nobly fought;
And, thy ready zeal repaying,
See, she gives the laurels sought.
"To Henry, Written to a Russian Air" by Amelia Opie
"Loyal knight was he and noble,
And my mother oft assures me,
Ne'er she saw so pure a Christian,
'T is from him my zeal deriveth."
"Don Pedrillo" by Emma Lazarus
The gay security we feel,
The careless soul's delighted rest,
That lively hope, that ardent zeal,
And smiling sunshine of the breast.
"On The Regret Of Youth" by Matilda Betham
O! grant ('tis all I ask of thee)
That I no more may change than she;
But still with duteous zeal love on,
When every gleam of hope is gone.
"Songs" by Anna Laetitia Aikin Barbauld
I plucked it with zeal, for my heart was aglow,
Its color and form, my mother to show,
And gladden her eyes
With the exquisite prize
I had found when autumnal zephyr sighs
'Mong the faded flowers and leaves.
"The Fringed Gentian" by Jared Barhite

In news:

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Parking ticket zeal helps no one in Tisbury.
SP Congress changes aimed at encouraging a 'zeal for God.
God wants us to be living sacrifices, full of zeal to serve Him every day.
Driven by "an evangelical zeal to save things," Adam Hills and Maria Speake artfully repurpose landfill-bound materials at their London architectural salvage and design business, Retrouvius.
Side effects may include sudden religious zeal.
Viewing posts tagged Zeal .
Democrats Will Need Bill Clinton's Zeal .
King Mez's My Everlasting Zeal .
With the zeal of a convert.
Zeal Optics' Transcend GPS Snow Goggle Hits Stores October 10.
Zeal Optics says its Transcend GPS goggles will be available for purchase in stores and online on October 10.
Zeal Optics' vision quest.
Zeal Optics Expands Boulder Facility.