- Zeal is defined as passion or enthusiasm for something.
An example of zeal is a passionate dedication for homeless rights.
intense enthusiasm, as in working for a cause; ardent endeavor or devotion; ardor; fervor
Origin of zealMiddle English zele ; from Ecclesiastical Late Latin zelus, zeal, emulation ; from Classical Greek zēlos, zeal, ardor ; from Indo-European base an unverified form yā-, to be excited, praise from source Old Church Slavonic jaru, furious
Enthusiastic devotion to a cause, ideal, or goal. See Synonyms at passion.
Origin of zealMiddle English zele, from Old French zel, from Late Latin zēlus, from Greek zēlos.
(countable and uncountable, plural zeals)
- (ferv): apathy