Zeal is a pretty tough word, but we're here to help you better understand it...with EXAMPLES!
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Below you will find the definition of zeal, followed by 43 sample sentences (from real sources), gradually increasing in length.
(noun) - prompt willingness
EXAMPLES - Zeal in a Sentence
- The judgment of zeal is explained by Marsham (Canon. (source)
- That the zeal, which is roused by the wrongs of a nation, (source)
- That which we call zeal for God is almost quite lost among us. (source)
- The interesting thing is that their zeal is the same as a religious zeal. (source)
- And therefore, such as the love is, such is the zeal, which is its ardour. (source)
- What Calvin calls zeal, he ought to have called rashness and something worse. (source)
- Madame de Maintenon grew angry, and all he obtained for his zeal was her anger. (source)
- Now I've got what they call the zeal of the convert"I hate being around it, you know? (source)
- And this also is that which they call zeal for the glory of God, and the honour of Christ! (source)
- Yet we are faced today with the sad reality that our untempered zeal is a sign of immaturity. (source)
- Their wealth excited the cupidity of the whole alliance; and to that wealth their zeal was the key. (source)
- The new municipals wished to surpass the former ones in zeal, and this zeal was emulation of tyranny. (source)
- Eighthly, there is a scriptureless zeal, that is not butted and bounded by the word, but by some base and low end. (source)
- [added] as his single agent, when we shall be as one flesh and always serving and working for the Lord together in zeal - (source)
- The name and doctrine of this venerable school were propagated among the Greeks and Syrians, and their zeal is expressed by (source)
- Can we too much abound in zeal and diligence in the Lord's work, when we are assured of such abundant recompences in a future life? (source)
- An uncharitable zeal, which is an enemy to peace and order, and thinks itself sufficiently war ranted to separate from the communion of (source)
- His zeal was the same too in either pursuit, whether the game before him was pagans or poetasters, worshippers of cows, or writers of epics. (source)
- It cannot be that divine zeal, which is infinitely wise and just, should be cooled, that divine strength, which is infinite, should be weakened. (source)
- Why don't you employ their intelligent zeal, which is ready to serve you, so that you may assure yourselves the help of the next, the coming pope? (source)
- They, therefore, forced the locks with all due and praiseworthy zeal, which is equivalent to saying that they proceeded as if taking a city by assault. (source)
- The President, on his part, was anxiously watching for an opportunity to reward this personal zeal, which is so strong a recommendation to the favor of the great. (source)
- But Moses calls his zeal envy, and prays to God for more such prophets; knowing that although they failed in a circumstance, they were right in that which was better. (source)
- In every Moore crowd an undercurrent of messianic zeal is detectable, and here a few zealots buttonholed passersby, animated by communist infiltrations and dark tidings of the Bavarian Illuminati. (source)
- All love is attended with fear and grief; fear lest it should perish, and grief in case it perishes: it is the same with conjugial love; but the fear and grief attending this love is called zeal or jealousy. (source)
- One thing that I have done and may do again, God willing, with more zeal is have a booth at local events to give out free information on the importance of being a round-the-clock wife and mother and related subjects. (source)
- Joshua Green writes, "In every Moore crowd an undercurrent of messianic zeal is detectable, and here a few zealots buttonholed passersby, animated by communist infiltrations and dark tidings of the Bavarian Illuminati." (source)
- In the eighteenth year of his reign, the twenty-sixth of his age, he felt himself firm enough in the saddle to begin a work of religious reformation, and the first reward of his zeal was the finding of the book of the law. (source)
- These gentlemen abounded in zeal and activity; but they were poor, and wholly unable to contend against the treasures of Boston and the paraphernalia which gave so much brilliancy to the operations emanating from, Ooroomeeya. (source)
- He toiled, traveled, and bled, with an indefatigable zeal for the independence of the colonists; his zeal was a passion, his love of liberty a romance, his hostility to the dominion of England an universal scorn of established power. (source)
- What added to his zeal was his wish to gratify base feelings of revenge on those who had thrust him out of his Bishopric of Beauvais, and on her without whose deeds he might have still been living in security in his palatial home there. (source)
- A lamentable thing it is to consider, how many myriads of men this idolatry and superstition (for that comprehends all) hath infatuated in all ages, besotted by this blind zeal, which is religion's ape, religion's bastard, religion's shadow, false glass. (source)
- Therefore I conceive the Holy Ghost has undeceived us in this, and hath of purpose used the word zeal as often in a bad sense as in a good one, and usually chooses to express envy and malice by it, though another word might suit as well, and be more proper. (source)
- The scheme was to get me in an insane asylum, and they wished to increase my insanity as they called my zeal, so as to have me out of their way, for I was calling too much attention to their lawlessness, at this time, when it might prove disastrous to their plots. (source)
- This their zeal was the more to be commended because it was according to knowledge, a discreet zeal upon a previous trial made of the pretences, practices, and tenets of evil men: Thou hast tried those that say they are apostles and are not, and hast found them liars. (source)
- Rogers was a militia officer, a devoted monarchist, and in consequence of his zeal was then, though stationed at home, under full pay from his government, being kept there to have an eye to the inhabitants and prevent them from making their escape to the United States. (source)
- By which it appears, that zeal most frequently goes under a bad name and character in Scripture; zeal, I mean, in matters of religion; for of that most of the texts I have mentioned speak; and this is that which St. Paul means here in the text, by a "zeal of God;" that is, a zeal about religion and Divine things. (source)
- All these religious sects which, as you say, are so entirely antagonistic, would by this forced union feel themselves humiliated and trampled upon; their hatred toward each other would be daily augmented; their antipathies would find new food; and their religious zeal, which is always exclusive, would burn with fiercer fury. (source)
- When He that bowed the Heavens came to save sinners, Zacchaeus, great in zeal, but little of stature, beheld the Tree of Life from in the sycamore; lifted above the earth, he saw Jesus, Who called him: coming down in lowliness, he repenting, received Him; and so salvation came into his house, and he was shown forth a true son of Abraham. (source)
- In order to estimate at its true value the bearing of religion, or at least of religious profession, on politics, at the time of the fall of the Roman State, we might well look at the condition of another dominion, founded under the combined influence of martial spirit and religious zeal, which is now going to pieces under our very eyes, I mean the Empire of the Ottomans. (source)
- The result of his zeal was a high fever, that set in the day after he reached his treasure: and as the doctor and the major espoused different theories, in treating a disorder so dangerous in that climate -- the one advising abstemiousness, and the other administering repeated draughts of the cordial that had drawn him so far from home -- the disease was left to act its pleasure. (source)
- Hence then it is that love, in order to resist assaults, hardens the substance of its form, and sets them erect, as it were in crests, like so many sharp prickles, that is, crisps itself; such is the provoking of love which is called zeal: wherefore if there is no opportunity of resistance, there arise anxiety and grief, because it foresees the extinction of interior life with its delights. (source)
- Carpus had just reason to enter into zeal concerning these two men, and his zeal had but rightly raised his anger against them, but anger being once moved left reason and zeal behind, transgressing all the terms and limits of holy love and consesequently of zeal, which is its fervour: anger had changed the hatred of sin into the hatred of the sinner, and most sweet charity into an outrageous cruelty. (source)
The average Flesch reading-ease score of the 43 example sentences provided below is 55.0, which suggests that "zeal" is a fairly difficult word that is likely understood by a majority of individuals with an undergraduate degree, and may be found in ocassionaly in news articles or other forms of literature.
We have 37 synonyms for zeal.
alacrity, ardor, bustle, determination, devotion, diligence, dispatch, drive, eagerness, earnestness, enterprise, fanaticism, fervor, fierceness, fire, gusto, hustle, inclination, initiative, intensity, intentness, keenness, mania, passion, perseverance, push, readiness, sincerity, spirit, stick-to-itiveness, urgency, vehemence, verve, warmth, what-it-takes, yen, zest
We have 12 antonyms for zeal.
apathy, coolness, discouragement, disinterest, dullness, inactivity, indifference, insincerity, laziness, lethargy, neglect, unenthusiasm
PRONUNCIATION & SYLLABIFICATION
View up to 25 definitions of zeal from 5 different sources, as well as parts of speech.
from The American Heritage© Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- (noun) Enthusiastic devotion to a cause, ideal, or goal and tireless diligence in its furtherance. See Synonyms at passion.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- (noun) The fervor or tireless devotion for a person, cause, or ideal and determination in its furtherance; diligent enthusiasm; powerful interest.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- (noun) Passionate ardor in the pursuit of anything; eagerness in favor of a person or cause; ardent and active interest; engagedness; enthusiasm; fervor.
- (noun) A zealot.
- (verb-intransitive) To be zealous.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- (noun) Passionate ardor in the pursuit of anything; intense interest or endeavor; eagerness to accomplish or obtain some object.
- (noun) Synonyms Earnestness, Enthusiasm, etc. (see eagerness), warmth, fervor, heartiness, energy.
- (None) To entertain zeal; be zealous.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- (noun) prompt willingness
- (noun) a feeling of strong eagerness (usually in favor of a person or cause)
- (noun) excessive fervor to do something or accomplish some end