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enthusiastic

Definitions

  • Enthusiastic Lady
    Enthusiastic Lady
  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj enthusiastic having or showing great excitement and interest "enthusiastic crowds filled the streets","an enthusiastic response","was enthusiastic about taking ballet lessons"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Golf Enthusiasts Golf Enthusiasts
"CAPTURED BY A DESULTORY ENTHUSIAST." "CAPTURED BY A DESULTORY ENTHUSIAST."

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: "Fan" is an abbreviation for the word "fanatic." Toward the turn of the 19th century, various media referred to football enthusiasts first as "football fanatics," and later as a "football fan."
    • a Enthusiastic Filled with enthusiasm; characterized by enthusiasm; zealous; as, an enthusiastic lover of art. "Enthusiastical raptures.""A young man . . . of a visionary and enthusiastic character."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: On November 29, 1941, the program for the annual Army-Navy football game carried a picture of the Battleship Arizona, captioned: "It is significant that despite the claims of air enthusiasts no battleship has yet been sunk by bombs." Today you can visit the site—now a shrine—where Japanese dive bombers sunk the Arizona at Pearl Harbor only nine days later.
    • enthusiastic Filled with or characterized by enthusiasm, or the conceit of special intercourse with God, or of direct revelations or instructions from him.
    • enthusiastic Prone to enthusiasm; zealous or devoted; passionate in devotion to a belief or a principle, or the pursuit of an object: as, an enthusiastic reformer.
    • enthusiastic Elevated; ardent; inspired by or glowing with enthusiasm: as, the speaker addressed the audience in enthusiastic strains.
    • enthusiastic Synonyms Enthusiastic, Fanatical; eager, zealous, devoted, fervent, passionate, glowing; heated, inflamed, visionary. Enthusiastic is most frequently used with regard to a person whose sympathies or feelings are warmly engaged in favor of any cause or pursuit, and who is full of hope and ardent zeal; while fanatical is generally said of a person who has fantastic and extravagant views on religious or moral subjects, or some similarly absorbing topic. See superstition.
    • n enthusiastic An enthusiast.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adjs Enthusiastic filled with enthusiasm; zealous: ardent
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Quotations

  • Thomas B. Macaulay
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    “She thoroughly understands what no other Church has ever understood, how to deal with enthusiasts.”
  • W. S. Gilbert
    W.%20S.%20Gilbert
    “The idiot who praises, with enthusiastic tone, All centuries but this, and every country but his own.”
  • Dale Carnegie
    Dale%20Carnegie
    “If you want to be enthusiastic, act enthusiastic.”
  • William Cowper
    William%20Cowper
    “No wild enthusiast could rest, till half the world like him was possessed.”
  • William Mcfee
    William Mcfee
    “The world belongs to the Enthusiast who keeps cool.”
  • Sir John Robert Seeley
    Sir John Robert Seeley
    “No virtue is safe that is not enthusiastic.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Gr.
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Through L., from Gr. enthusiasmos, a god-inspired zeal—enthousiazein, to be inspired by a god—en, in, theos, a god.

Usage

In literature:

The applause with which it was received was enthusiastic and universal.
"The International Monthly, Volume 2, No. 4, March, 1851" by Various
An enthusiast is apt to be insistent.
"The Eugenic Marriage, Vol. 3 (of 4)" by W. Grant Hague
It has been said that the reception was so enthusiastic as to have left a profound impression on the child's mind.
"The Life of King Edward VII" by J. Castell Hopkins
For many years Mr. Fenton had been an enthusiastic Greek scholar.
"The Girl Scouts in Beechwood Forest" by Margaret Vandercook
Nevertheless, the people were enthusiastic.
"The Letters of Charles Dickens" by Charles Dickens
Burnes, who for years was a most enthusiastic fireman.
"Some Reminiscences of old Victoria" by Edgar Fawcett
Gustave was enthusiastic about the company.
"Charles Frohman: Manager and Man" by Isaac Frederick Marcosson and Daniel Frohman
But Captain Winstanley took no notice of these efforts, and even her mother's praises were not enthusiastic.
"Vixen, Volume II." by M. E. Braddon
He introduced me at once to the relics with the spirit of an enthusiast.
"Donahoe's Magazine, Volume 15, No. 2, February 1886" by Various
They are as enthusiastic as the pupils.
"The New Education" by Scott Nearing
The clergyman, the lady, and all the other workers, were earnest, enthusiastic, high-minded, and full of common sense.
"The Third Miss Symons" by Flora Macdonald Mayor
Napoleon delighted in the display of his condescension to the men, and in the exhibition of their enthusiastic affection for him.
"The Life of Napoleon Bonaparte" by William Milligan Sloane
He did not appear very enthusiastic, and informed me that, in his opinion, I had made a mistake.
"Psychology" by Robert S. Woodworth
But the other girls were enthusiastic.
"Wyn's Camping Days" by Amy Bell Marlowe
He was enthusiastic in its praise.
"Training the Teacher" by A. F. Schauffler
The more I think of it the more enthusiastic I am.
"Ancestors" by Gertrude Atherton
He practiced honestly what he preached enthusiastically.
"Bible Myths and their Parallels in other Religions" by T. W. Doane
Monsieur Jehan de Quernais had been pressing and enthusiastic in the cause of his mission.
"A Blot on the Scutcheon" by May Wynne
He is known for his long and enthusiastic friendship for Voltaire.
"A Biographical Dictionary of Freethinkers of All Ages and Nations" by Joseph Mazzini Wheeler
The Bradys are enthusiasts and authorities on all matters pertaining to Alaska.
"Alaska" by Ella Higginson
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In poetry:

No wild enthusiast of the right,
Self-poised and clear, he showed alway
The coolness of his northern night,
The ripe repose of autumn's day.
"Rantoul" by John Greenleaf Whittier
For she was fair as forms of love,
Oft by the 'rapt enthusiast seen,
Who slumbers midst the myrtle grove,
With spring's unfolding blossoms green.
"Bertram And Anna" by Thomas Gent
The poor woman,
I tell thee, is a Christian--and she must
From love torment--is one of those enthusiasts
Who think they only know the one true road
To God.
"Nathan The Wise - Act V" by Gotthold Ephraim Lessing
THE sweet enthusiast, on a rock reclin'd,
With transport listen'd to the dashing waves;
Her snowy garments swam upon the wind,
And Silence spread her wing amid the caves.
"The Power Of Love" by Charlotte Dacre
And when, my Daya,
This sweet illusion yields to sweeter truth,
(For to a man a man is ever dearer
Than any angel) you must not be angry
To see our loved enthusiast exercised.
"Nathan The Wise - Act I" by Gotthold Ephraim Lessing
XI. Yes, th' enthusiast e'en here, midst these scenes drear and wild,
The gentlest of spirits has found,
And many a bosom "ethereally mild,"
By the sweet ties of sympathy bound.
"Fragment XVI." by Sydney Owenson

In news:

"Wit," Off Off Broadway, was written by a woman, as was "Stop Kiss," which recently opened to enthusiastic reviews at the Joseph Papp Public Theater.
This wild-food enthusiast from Silver Spring forages the outdoors for natural foods.
The ultimate tool for running enthusiasts.
After an enthusiastic exchange of greetings, Sheila Johnson asks the child: "What was your percentage.".
Nevertheless, many of the "love the one you're with" enthusiasts of the 1960s were about to discover that the free-love train was not going to be a smooth ride.
A Republican state representative in Louisiana now says she was confused when she enthusiastically supported Gov Bobby Jindal's voucher bill to fund private schools.
Model seeks place, puts up with boob-squeezing enthusiast.
"The best thing about this ride is its size," says Philip Banks enthusiastically about his enormous beer truck.
Automakers are set to unveil a range of high-performance racers in Los Angeles -- the kind of car made for enthusiasts who want to drive it to the race track, give it a spin and drive home.
Here's an upconversion for video enthusiasts.
Chuck Harris 1935-2012: Gambier cycling enthusiast was always looking behind.
He's a hand-tool enthusiast (though he uses power tools, too).
UTC could have Chris Awuah, J.J. Chris Harr, UTC lose enthusiastic fan.
MERIDIAN — Fall is harvest time, an ending of a long growing season, yet a dawning of new possibilities for thousands of outdoors enthusiasts in our area.
FOR newly hatched chicken enthusiasts, the first egg from your own hens is a small miracle.
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In science:

I would like to express my deep gratitude to Prof Phillips and Prof Weaver, my research supervisors, for their patient guidance, valuable suggestions and enthusiastic encouragement of this research work. I also would like to thank Prof McCarthy for encouraging me to publish this paper.
Tracial Rokhlin property and non-commutative dimensions
The success of the workshop is due to the enthusiastic participation of the neutrino physics community.
Nuclear Physics Neutrino PreTown Meeting: Summary and Recommendations
Finally, we enthusiastically thank our blazar colleagues for their valuable participation in this meeting.
Issues in Blazar Research
All of these models have had enthusiastic proponents and simulations are sharpening the debate.
Particles and Fields in Radio Galaxies: A Summary
It is gratifying that this has enabled faculty at small colleges to involve enthusiastic undergraduates in invaluable monitoring efforts. I wonder if there is an opportunity to widen this approach to include selected, and strategically located international institutions.
Probing the Physics of AGN: A Summary
We also have a vibrant, enthusiastic community of young physicists.
Summary and Highlights of the 14th Topical Conference on Hadron Collider Physics (HCP2002)
Finally, we remark that many worlds interpretation did not induce strong enthusiasm among the participants (despite very enthusiastic propaganda of this interpretation by L.
Quantum theory: Reconsideration of foundations
His brief but enthusiastic life had been devoted to, in my humble opinion, pursuing quantum world besides from his late family and friends.
Flat family of QFTs and quantization of d-algebras
It is a pleasure to thank Pierre Martin for enthusiastic support throughout this observational campaign.
OASIS High-Resolution Integral Field Spectroscopy of the SAURON Ellipticals and Lenticulars
Frost, however, did not appear to be very enthusiastic about this idea.
The History of Astrophysics in Antarctica
Montroll, “Origami for the Enthusiast,” Dover, 1979. [R] T.
Totally real origami and impossible paper folding
This year’s meeting was graced by the enthusiastic participation of more than 80 researchers, 45 of which gave talks.
Matters of Gravity, the newsletter of the Topical Group in Gravitation of the American Physical Society
We enjoyed working in the CSO group, the stimulating atmosphere and Tom’s insightful and enthusiastic comments on new ideas.
The Horsehead nebula, a template source for interstellar physics and chemistry
Suppose there is a large corpus of XML documents, each of which describes a movie released in the last 30 years (for example, extracted from IMDB). A movie enthusiast wants to make a list of interesting movies based on various criteria, such as, the genre, lead actors, directors, etc.
Generating Concise and Readable Summaries of XML Documents
The uncritical media of today waxed enthusiastically about the recent decision by the “world’s leaders” to provide the ten billion dollars needed to start the ITER fusion pro ject .
The Future of Nuclear Energy: Facts and Fiction Chapter IV: Energy from Breeder Reactors and from Fusion?
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