enthusiasm

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
  1. noun
    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
    exuberance
    joyful enthusiasm
    technophilia
    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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    feeling
    the experiencing of affective and emotional states
  2. noun
    eager enjoyment or approval
    synonyms: ebullience, exuberance
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    lyricism
    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
  3. noun
    a lively interest
    enthusiasm for his program is growing”
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    Anglomania
    an excessive enthusiasm for all things English
    balletomania
    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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