zeal (n.)

  1. 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

    [ Syn: ardor , ardour , elan ]

  2. excessive fervor to do something or accomplish some end; he had an absolute zeal for litigation'

  3. prompt willingness; readiness to continue discussions; they showed no eagerness to spread the gospel; they disliked his zeal in demonstrating his superiority; he tried to explain his forwardness in battle

    [ Syn: readiness , eagerness , forwardness ]

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