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English noun: zeal

1. zeal (feeling) a feeling of strong eagerness (usually in favor of a person or cause)

SamplesThey were imbued with a revolutionary ardor.
He felt a kind of religious zeal.

Synonymsardor, ardour, elan

Broader (hypernym)avidity, avidness, eagerness, keenness

2. zeal (feeling) excessive fervor to do something or accomplish some end

SamplesHe had an absolute zeal for litigation.

Broader (hypernym)ardor, ardour, fervency, fervidness, fervor, fervour, fire

3. zeal (attribute) prompt willingness

SamplesReadiness 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.

Synonymseagerness, forwardness, readiness

Broader (hypernym)willingness

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