Origin of zealMiddle English zele from Ecclesiastical Late Latin zelus, zeal, emulation from Classical Greek z?los, zeal, ardor from Indo-European base an unverified form y?-, to be excited, praise from source Old Church Slavonic jaru, furious
Zeal is defined as passion or enthusiasm for something.
An example of zeal is a passionate dedication for homeless rights.
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
- His zeal and energy met everywhere with conspicuous success.
- His zeal is represented in a twofold aspect.
- Malichus also, the murderer or reputed murderer of Antipater, appears to have been a partisan of Hyrcanus, who had a zeal for Judaism.
- A peculiarly fruitful soil for mysticism, and, in connexion either with the Beguines or the Church organization, a number of women appear about this time, combining a spirit of mystical piety and asceticism with sturdy reformatory zeal directed against the abuses of the time.
- A great and widespread revival marked the opening years of the century, resulting in marvellous increase of zeal and numbers.