Definitions for: Zealous


[adj] marked by active interest and enthusiasm; "an avid sports fan"; "a great walker"; "an eager beaver"



Webster (1913) Definition: Zeal"ous (?; 277), a. [LL. zelosus. See Zeal.]
1. Filled with, or characterized by, zeal; warmly engaged, or
ardent, in behalf of an object.

He may be zealous in the salvation of souls. --Law.

2. Filled with religious zeal. [Obs.] --Shak. --
Zeal"ous*ly, adv. -- Zeal"ous*ness, n.

Synonyms: avid, eager, enthusiastic, great

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Famous Quotes Containing Zealous:


Religious persecution may shield itself under the guise of a mistaken and over-zealous piety.

-- Edmund Burke (Irish Statesman)

Zealous men are ever displaying to you the strength of their belief, while judicious men are showing you the grounds of it.

-- William Shenstone (English Poet)

Again and again, I've seen Bush turn a blind eye as his henchmen have leveled zealous attacks against his political enemies - assaults which the president himself has sometimes directly encouraged.

-- Paul Begala (American Journalist)

I think things changed as a result of a certain perception of our politics. When we went through our zealous, self-righteous period it didn't exactly win us any friends.

-- Fred Frith (English Composer)


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