Definition of enthusiasm noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ɪnˈθjuːziæzəm//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɪnˈθuːziæzəm//
    Showing interest
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  1. 1  [uncountable] a strong feeling of excitement and interest in something and a desire to become involved in it enthusiasm (for something) I can't say I share your enthusiasm for the idea. He had a real enthusiasm for the work. enthusiasm (for doing something) She never lost her enthusiasm for teaching. The news was greeted with a lack of enthusiasm by those at the meeting. ‘I don't mind,’ she said, without much enthusiasm. full of enthusiasm See related entries: Showing interest
  2. 2[countable] (formal) something that you are very interested in and spend a lot of time doing Reading is one of her many enthusiasms.
  3. Word Originearly 17th cent. (originally referring to religious fervour): from French enthousiasme, or via late Latin from Greek enthousiasmos, from enthous ‘possessed by a god, inspired’ (based on theos ‘god’). Wordfinderadrenaline, adventure, attempt, challenge, enthusiasm, escapade, excitement, explore, kick, thrillExtra examples Both sides have shown a distinct lack of enthusiasm for discussion. Cruise brings a lot of energy and enthusiasm to his roles. Few people expressed enthusiasm about the current leaders. He accepted the invitation with feigned enthusiasm. He tried to hide the boyish enthusiasm bubbling up inside him. Her voice was full of enthusiasm. I look forward to the challenge ahead with great enthusiasm. She grinned, unable to contain her enthusiasm. She managed to convey an enthusiasm she did not feel. The cruise director demonstrated boundless enthusiasm and energy. The idea aroused immense enthusiasm among party workers. The initial enthusiasm for the project was wearing off. The team have shown enthusiasm and commitment. The trip has fired his enthusiasm for all things French. This weather would dampen anyone’s enthusiasm for swimming. We went about our task with renewed enthusiasm. I can’t say I share your enthusiasm for the idea.
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