Enthusiasm meaning

ĕn-tho͝ozē-ăzəm
Enthusiasm is defined as a lively interest for someone or something.

An example of enthusiasm is a child's great happiness at starting his first ceramics class.

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Supernatural inspiration or possession; inspired prophetic or poetic ecstasy.
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Great excitement for or interest in a subject or cause.
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Intensity of feeling; excited interest or eagerness.
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A source or cause of great excitement or interest.
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Something arousing such interest or zeal.
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Something in which one is keenly interested.
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Religious fanaticism.
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Intense or eager interest; zeal; fervor.
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Origin of enthusiasm

  • Late Latin enthūsiasmus from Greek enthousiasmos from enthousiazein to be inspired by a god from entheos possessed en- in en–2 theos god dhēs- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • 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”).

    From Wiktionary