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Noun: zeal  zeel
  1. A feeling of strong eagerness (usually in favour of a person or cause)
    "he felt a kind of religious zeal";
    - ardor [US], ardour [Brit, Cdn], elan, √©lan
     
  2. Excessive fervour to do something or accomplish some end
    "he had an absolute zeal for litigation"
     
  3. Prompt willingness
    "they disliked his zeal in demonstrating his superiority";
    - readiness, eagerness, forwardness

Derived forms: zeals

Type of: ardor [US], ardour [Brit, Cdn], avidity, avidness, eagerness, fervency, fervidness, fervor [US], fervour [Brit, Cdn], fire, keenness, willingness

Encyclopedia: Zeal