Zealous 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 zealous, followed by 42 sample sentences (from real sources), gradually increasing in length.
(adjective) - marked by active interest and enthusiasm
EXAMPLES - Zealous in a Sentence
- -- Why Jehovah in the Word is called zealous, 366. (source)
- I ... was forward -- or "zealous" (Ac 24: 17; Ro 15: 25; 1Co 16: 1; 2Co (source)
- Report shows Obama has been just as zealous as his predecessor at thwarting the EPA. (source)
- You will get the native energy of the word "zealous" if you recall its kinsman "jealous." (source)
- Philip II's zealous general, the Duke of Alva, did not arrive in the Low Countries until 1567. (source)
- "zealous" and "earnest," and a light that was almost the light of fanaticism shone in his eyes. (source)
- That's the result of the over-zealous right looking for ANYTHING to criticize about the president. (source)
- The legal profession has taken the notion of zealous representation to mean whatever the client wants. (source)
- He describes the character as having "a kind of zealous immaturity - like a drug addict with a to-do list." (source)
- "Assume, " said he, 'standing, partly crouching, the position of a free woman, zealous to conceal her beauty. (source)
- He revealed to the Washington Post in 1951 that zealous customs officials confiscated a shrunken head he'd purchased. (source)
- The "zealous" soul confronts it, not with faint and timid aspiration, but possessed by a blazing and driving ambition! (source)
- Randolph described Gellar's character as having 'a kind of zealous immaturity - like a drug addict with a to-do list. '" (source)
- Though that seemed to appeal to my neighbor, we both realized that the law would not tolerate that kind of zealous action. (source)
- He was known as a zealous puritan, and had given his sister in marriage to the celebrated Edmund Cartwright the leader of the sect. (source)
- In his latest campaign ad, he takes aim at President Obama -- in the most zealous way imaginable -- for ending "don't ask, don't tell." (source)
- The Truth Will Out at Last, "their latest posts in a running controversy with what might be termed a zealous Book of Mormon entrepreneur. (source)
- The largest exercise in soul-searching, however, and the one that forms the novel's core, is undertaken by the zealous cleric Brother Juniper. (source)
- This city's zoning codes regulating the size, use and location of buildings could sap the life force out of all but the most zealous urban enthusiasts. (source)
- Barack Obama has been just as zealous as George Bush in stripping away environmental, health and safety protection at the behest of industry, it turns out. (source)
- In addition to his witness to the faith under persecution which encouraged the young to persevere, Fr Jia was known as a zealous and devout pastoral priest. (source)
- Naked slaves again scurried about, hurrying in their perfume and steel collars, bringing wine, delicacies and assorted exquisite viands, zealous to please masters. (source)
- But when their crossover appeal and multi-million careers can or comes to an abrupt halt, their mea culpas appear disingenuous, and their zealous LGBTQ advocacy appears suspect. (source)
- I respectfully suggest that "cult like behavior" is defined as zealous advocacy that leads to magical thinking and imperviousness to fact, you simply cannot beat a Hillary true-believer. (source)
- Other people were so consumed with fear that the finger would turn toward them that the speakers at the workers 'group meetings were assured of having a large number of zealous supporters. (source)
- The cross-pollination of blues, gospel and rock inspired Mr. Randolph's band and some well-chosen guests, and the rousing result is in kinship with the kind of zealous music he made in church. (source)
- Yet in this work he can find no words sufficiently strong to praise what he calls the zealous freedom and Christian earnestness of one of the most offensive canters that the whole range of fiction presents. (source)
- I think this is a pretty common thing, that attorneys do as part of carrying out their responsibilities to provide clients with a "zealous" defense, even though they realize it has almost no chance of success. (source)
- In the same Tuesday time period, as Boyd's overly ambitious sidekick Devil on FX's riveting Justified, he's sent to Hell for trying to turn Cousin Johnny against Boyd spurred to action by a zealous Mr. Quarles. (source)
- The former defense attorney is urging the Texas Legislature to combat a "convict at all costs" mentality by enacting a precise protocol to curb the kind of zealous identification shortcuts taken against Mr. Dupree. (source)
- The cloak was necessary cover here within the walls, to hide Geoffrey's blazon, for no one but Cadfael yet knew that Philip had set his prisoner free, and some zealous man-at-arms might strike first and question afterwards. (source)
- Yet here they were, a wackily zealous coach in Dale Brown, a pear-shaped star named John "Hot Plate" Williams and a cast of strong role players like Anthony Wilson from tiny Plain Dealing, La., who'd hit the shot to beat Memphis. (source)
- The fraternal bond that unites them despite differences of proclivity and style is a relentless empiricism: Nothing is as strange as the facts of the matter, if they are confronted just as they are-a kind of zealous open-mindedness. (source)
- "I don't know many lawyers in the bankruptcy practice who take the idea of zealous representation of their client as seriously as he does," says Richard Chesley, a Chicago bankruptcy lawyer who has worked with Mr. Lauria on a couple of cases. (source)
- When he came nearest to the scientific spirit of his time, in zealous observations of the life of nature, he characteristically concentrated on the sequence of various bird notes at daybreak and the flight of moths as the stars of twilight were kindled. (source)
- Then again "Yes", because we only need look back thirty years (to before the Iranian revolution) to realise that the kind of zealous Fascistic manifestations of Islam that we see all about us today are certainly not necessarily what being nominally "Muslim" necessarily entails. (source)
- And my insistence on holding Steve to highlevels of care in his work and words derives from teh importance of one of thsoe two answer, not from some kind of zealous adherence to a preconcieved point of view that you so readily attribute to anyone who brings a criticism to bear here. (source)
- But perhaps, in the same way that the defendant's attorney has to be "zealous" in pursuing issues he knows are unlikely to benefit his client, perhaps law enforcement should at least start calling ICE every time it comes up - though that is going to increase costs and staffing requirements. (source)
- Frank Goldman and Maurice Bisgyer, the two heads of B'nai B'rith who conspired with J.cobson to get Truman's support for the Zionist project, were both "zealous" Zionists, according to A.J. Granoff, a B'nai B'rith member involved in the secret meetings held off-the-record in the Oval Office. (source)
- Gellar is the middle child, previously described by Randolph as having "a kind of zealous immaturity -- like a drug addict with a to-do list"; Corddry is the baby, now a bookish grad student; Parker is the eldest Malady, now a therapist. she knows a good TV show when she sees it (and belongs on it). (source)
- It was, therefore, my determination to see to the law's zealous execution in my district, though I felt certain that the President would endeavor to embarrass me by every means in his power, not only on account of his pronounced personal hostility, but also because of his determination not to execute but to obstruct the measures enacted by Congress. (source)
- To attain this end in the presence of an ever-watchful foe who had just recently been reinforced in considerable numbers from Richmond and further south -- almost enough to make up the losses he had sustained in the Wilderness and at Spottsylvania -- required the most vigorous and zealous work on the part of those to whom had been allotted the task of carrying out the initial manoeuvres. (source)
The average Flesch reading-ease score of the 42 example sentences provided below is 55.0, which suggests that "zealous" 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 31 synonyms for zealous.
afire, antsy, ardent, avid, burning, coming on strong, dedicated, devoted, eager, earnest, fanatic, fanatical, fervent, fervid, fireball, fired, frenetic, gung-ho, hot, impassioned, itchy, keen, obsessed, passionate, possessed, pushy, rabid, ripe, self-starting, spirited, wild-eyed
We have 12 antonyms for zealous.
apathetic, cold, cool, dispassionate, frigid, happy, indifferent, lethargic, unconcerned, unenthusiastic, unexcited, unpassionate
PRONUNCIATION & SYLLABIFICATION
View up to 25 definitions of zealous from 5 different sources, as well as parts of speech.
from The American Heritage© Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- (adjective) Filled with or motivated by zeal; fervent.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- (adjective) Full of zeal; ardent, fervent; exhibiting enthusiasm or strong passion.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- (adjective) Filled with, or characterized by, zeal; warmly engaged, or ardent, in behalf of an object.
- (adjective) Filled with religious zeal.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- (None) Full of or incited by zeal; jealous for the good or the promotion of some person or object; ardent; eager; fervent; devoted.
- (None) Caused by or manifesting zeal; due to earnest devotion; of an ardent character or quality.
- (None) Synonyms Forward, enthusiastic, fervid, keen. See zeal.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- (adjective) marked by active interest and enthusiasm