You might show enthusiasm if you find out that all the shoes are on sale for 70 percent off today. The word enthusiasm indicates intense excitement.

The noun enthusiasm comes from the Greek word enthousiasmos, from enthous, meaning “possessed by a god, inspired.” It was originally used in a derogatory sense to describe excessive religious zeal. Today both the religious and derogatory connotations are gone from enthusiasm, but the zeal has survived. Use it to describe great excitement or interest, like what you feel when you’re doing something that you really, really enjoy.

Definitions of enthusiasm

n a feeling of excitement

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gusto, relish, zest, zestfulness
vigorous and enthusiastic enjoyment
avidity, avidness, eagerness, keenness
a positive feeling of wanting to push ahead with something
joyful enthusiasm
enthusiasm for new technology
ardor, ardour, elan, zeal
a feeling of strong eagerness (usually in favor of a person or cause)
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the experiencing of affective and emotional states

n eager enjoyment or approval

ebullience, exuberance
unrestrained and exaggerated enthusiasm
madness, rabidity, rabidness
unrestrained excitement or enthusiasm
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life, liveliness, spirit, sprightliness
animation and energy in action or expression

n a lively interest

enthusiasm for his program is growing”
an excessive enthusiasm for all things English
extraordinary enthusiasm for ballets
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interest, involvement
a sense of concern with and curiosity about someone or something

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