From Ancient Greek ζῆλος (zêlos, “zeal, jealousy”), from ζηλόω (zēlóō, “to emulate, to be jealous”). Doublet of jealous.
zealous (comparative more zealous, superlative most zealous)
- Full of zeal; ardent, fervent; exhibiting enthusiasm or strong passion.
- 1791, James Boswell, “(please specify the year)”, in The Life of Samuel Johnson, LL.D. […], London: […] Henry Baldwin, for Charles Dilly, […], →OCLC:
- Johnson was truly zealous for the success of "The Adventurer;" and very soon after his engaging in it, he wrote the following letter:
- 1896, Andrew Dickson White, A History of the Warfare of Science with Theology in Christendom, 2004 edition, page 122:
- Doubtless many will exclaim against the Roman Catholic Church for this; but the simple truth is that Protestantism was no less zealous against the new scientific doctrine.
- 1940, Foster Rhea Dulles, America Learns to Play: A history of popular recreation, 1607-1940, page 61:
- […] and there were few more zealous dancers at the fashionable balls in the Raleigh Tavern at Williamsburg.
- 2011 April 4, “Newt Gingrich”, in Time:
- Newt Gingrich […] left Congress in 1998, following GOP midterm-election losses that many blamed on his zealous pursuit of Bill Clinton's impeachment.
- (full of zeal): ardent, eager, enthusiastic, fervent, passionate, zealotic
- (full of zeal): apathetic, dispassionate, indifferent, unenthusiastic
Terms derived from zealous
full of zeal; ardent