Meaning of zealous in English:


Pronunciation /ˈzɛləs/

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  • Showing great energy or enthusiasm in pursuit of a cause or objective.

    ‘he was a zealous supporter of constitutional and parliamentary reform’
    • ‘the council was extremely zealous in the application of the regulations’
    • ‘This was an act committed by one zealous serving girl who sinned thereby.’
    • ‘Such zealous passion would seem to be the natural preserve of that dangerous species, the young man.’
    • ‘Ann Lee and her immediate entourage were unbowed in their zealous commitment.’
    • ‘Her zealous commitment to politics is clearly something that Llosa sees as a special quality.’
    • ‘You react with an intense and zealous activity designed to achieve your aims at all costs.’
    • ‘Pastor Boichenko is indeed a zealous Pastor and evangelist always leading from the front.’
    • ‘He had been a fiery boy bursting with zealous defense of his friends.’
    • ‘Early radicalisation did not equal zealous ideological commitment.’
    • ‘They are also extremists of one kind or another who have devoted themselves to the zealous pursuit of their religious ideals.’
    • ‘His appeal is his integrity and an almost zealous commitment to his beliefs.’
    • ‘Throughout a pulsating and fiercely-contested match, Kendal were unable to please the zealous match official.’
    • ‘The left wing still kind of exists now, but they're not so zealous.’
    • ‘Missions were built and zealous Franciscan priests set about converting the Indians living in their pueblos.’
    • ‘He is a zealous advocate for the rights of Irish immigrants and others as Chair of the Emerald Isle Immigration Centre.’
    • ‘Now we learn of retribution efforts aimed at those who tried to correct the zealous propaganda which drove this nation into war.’
    • ‘The schoolboys who wandered in to play cricket were chased away by a zealous guard who thoughtfully confiscated the ball.’
    • ‘Those words were rather extreme, sadly uneducated and overly zealous.’
    • ‘Will we see these zealous litter police staking out public houses.’
    • ‘Now in their 50s, she and her husband are zealous promoters of the mission they began in 1981.’
    • ‘Just how zealous is the religious right?’
    fervent, ardent, fervid, fiery, passionate, impassioned, devout, devoted
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Early 16th century from a medieval Latin derivative of Latin zelus ‘zeal, jealousy’.