enthusiasm[en t̸ho̵̅o̅′zē az′əm, -t̸hyo̵̅o̅′-; in-]
A man working with enthusiasm.
An example of enthusiasm is a child's great happiness at starting his first ceramics class.
- Historical supernatural inspiration or possession; inspired prophetic or poetic ecstasy
- Obsolete religious fanaticism
- intense or eager interest; zeal; fervor
- something arousing such interest or zeal
Origin of enthusiasmClassical Greek enthousiasmos ; from enthousiazein, to be inspired, be possessed by a god, inspire ; from enthous, entheos, possessed by a god ; from en-, in + theos, god: see theo-
- Great excitement for or interest in a subject or cause.
- A source or cause of great excitement or interest.
- Archaic a. Ecstasy arising from supposed possession by a god.b. Religious fanaticism.
Origin of enthusiasmLate Latin enthūsiasmus, from Greek enthousiasmos, from enthousiazein, to be inspired by a god, from entheos, possessed : en-, in; see en–2 + theos, god; see dhēs- in Indo-European roots.
(countable and uncountable, plural enthusiasms)
- Intensity of feeling; excited interest or eagerness.
- Something in which one is keenly interested.
First attested from 1603, from Middle French enthousiasme, from Late Latin enthusiasmus, from Ancient Greek ἐνθουσιασμός (enthousiasmos), from ἔνθεος (entheos, “possessed by a god”), from ἐν (en, “in”) + θεός (theos, “god”).