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



BrE BrE//ziːl//
; NAmE NAmE//ziːl//
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[uncountable, countable] zeal (for/in something) (formal) great energy or enthusiasm connected with something that you feel strongly about her missionary/reforming/religious/political zeal See related entries: Energetic Word Originlate Middle English: via ecclesiastical Latin from Greek zēlos.Extra examples He burned with a reforming zeal. She had a true zeal for journalism. She went about the task with the zeal of an enthusiast. a crusading zeal to eradicate drug abuse their zeal in the promotion of education her missionary/​reforming/​religious/​political zeal
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