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Meaning of ZEAL

Pronunciation:  zeel

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  excessive fervor to do something or accomplish some end; "he had an absolute zeal for litigation"
  2. [n]  a feeling of strong eagerness (usually in favor of a person or cause); "they were imbued with a revolutionary ardor"; "he felt a kind of religious zeal"

ZEAL is a 4 letter word that starts with Z.


 Synonyms: elan
 See Also: ardor, ardour, avidity, avidness, eagerness, fervency, fervidness, fervor, fervour, fire, keenness



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Zeal\ (z[=e]l), n. [F. z[`e]le; cf. Pg. & It. zelo, Sp.
    zelo, celo; from L. zelus, Gr. ?, probably akin to ? to boil.
    Cf. {Yeast}, {Jealous}.]
    1. Passionate ardor in the pursuit of anything; eagerness in
       favor of a person or cause; ardent and active interest;
       engagedness; enthusiasm; fervor. ``Ambition varnished o'er
       with zeal.'' --Milton. ``Zeal, the blind conductor of the
       will.'' --Dryden. ``Zeal's never-dying fire.'' --Keble.
             I bear them record that they have a zeal of God, but
             not according to knowledge.           --Rom. x. 2.
             A zeal for liberty is sometimes an eagerness to
             subvert with little care what shall be established.
    2. A zealot. [Obs.] --B. Jonson.
  2. \Zeal\, v. i.
    To be zealous. [Obs. & R.] --Bacon.
Easton Bible Dictionary

an earnest temper; may be enlightened (Num. 25:11-13; 2 Cor. 7:11; 9:2), or ignorant and misdirected (Rom. 10:2; Phil. 3:6). As a Christian grace, it must be grounded on right principles and directed to right ends (Gal. 4:18). It is sometimes ascribed to God (2 Kings 19:31; Isa. 9:7; 37:32; Ezek. 5:13).