enthusiasm


enthusiasm
noun
ADJECTIVE
burning, enormous, extraordinary, immense, passionate, tremendous
considerable, great
little
genuine, real
obvious
growing
boundless, unbounded, unbridled

The cruise director demonstrated boundless enthusiasm and energy.

undiminished
excessive
spontaneous, sudden
new, new-found, renewed

We went about our task with renewed enthusiasm.

early, initial
general, widespread
popular, public
personal
infectious
boyish, youthful
innocent
natural
religious
… OF ENTHUSIASM
burst, surge

After an initial burst of enthusiasm for jogging, I gradually lost interest.

VERB + ENTHUSIASM
be full of, feel, have

Her voice was full of enthusiasm.

convey, express, show

She managed to convey an enthusiasm she did not feel.

The team have shown enthusiasm and commitment.

muster, summon up
feign

He accepted the invitation with feigned enthusiasm.

conceal, hide
share
maintain
lose
lack
arouse, engender, fire (sb with), generate

The trip has fired his enthusiasm for all things French.

curb, dampen, dent (esp. BrE), temper (esp. AmE)

This weather would dampen anyone's enthusiasm for swimming.

ENTHUSIASM + VERB
bubble over, bubble up

He tried to hide the boyish enthusiasm bubbling up inside him.

grow
fade, wane, wear off
PREPOSITION
with enthusiasm, without enthusiasm

I look forward to the challenge ahead with great enthusiasm.

enthusiasm about

Few people expressed enthusiasm about the current leaders.

enthusiasm among

The idea aroused immense enthusiasm among party workers.

enthusiasm for

The initial enthusiasm for the project was wearing off.

PHRASES
sb can't contain their enthusiasm

She grinned, unable to contain her enthusiasm.

energy and enthusiasm

Cruise brings a lot of energy and enthusiasm to his roles.

a lack of enthusiasm

Both sides have shown a distinct lack of enthusiasm for discussion.


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  • enthusiasm — index ardor, compulsion (obsession), emotion, industry (activity), interest (concern), life …   Law dictionary

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  • enthusiasm — ► NOUN 1) intense enjoyment, interest, or approval. 2) an object of such feelings. 3) archaic, derogatory religious fervour supposedly resulting directly from divine inspiration. ORIGIN Greek enthousiasmos, from enthous possessed by a god …   English terms dictionary

  • enthusiasm — [en tho͞o′zē az΄əm, enthyo͞o′zē az΄əm; intho͞o′zē az΄əm, inthyo͞o′zē azəm] n. [Gr enthousiasmos < enthousiazein, to be inspired, be possessed by a god, inspire < enthous, entheos, possessed by a god < en , in + theos, god: see THEO ] 1.… …   English World dictionary

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