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Pronunciation:  en'thoozee`azum

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  1. [n]  overflowing with enthusiasm
  2. [n]  a lively interest; "enthusiasm for his program is growing"
  3. [n]  a feeling of excitement

ENTHUSIASM is a 10 letter word that starts with E.


 Synonyms: ebullience, exuberance
 See Also: Anglomania, avidity, avidness, eagerness, exuberance, feeling, gusto, interest, involvement, keenness, life, liveliness, lyricism, relish, spirit, sprightliness, zest, zestfulness



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\En*thu"si*asm\, n. [Gr. ?, fr. ? to be inspired or
possessed by the god, fr. ?, ?, inspired: cf. enthousiasme.
See {Entheal}, {Theism}.]
1. 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

         Enthusiasm is founded neither on reason nor divine
         revelation, but rises from the conceits of a warmed
         or overweening imagination.           --Locke.

2. 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.      --Froude.

         Exhibiting the seeming contradiction of
         susceptibility to enthusiasm and calculating
         shrewdness.                           --Bancroft.

3. 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.

4. Lively manifestation of joy or zeal.

         Philip was greeted with a tumultuous enthusiasm.

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