enthusiasm Definition

intense and eager enjoyment, interest, or approval.

Using enthusiasm: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "enthusiasm" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    She showed great enthusiasm for the project.

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    The crowd cheered with enthusiasm.

  • Example

    His enthusiasm for music is contagious.

  • Example

    I have no enthusiasm for this job.

enthusiasm Synonyms and Antonyms

Synonyms for enthusiasm

Antonyms for enthusiasm

Idioms Using enthusiasm

  • to be very excited or enthusiastic about something


    The children were jumping with enthusiasm when they saw the presents under the tree.

  • to be extremely enthusiastic about something without any limits or restrictions


    Her enthusiasm for her new job knows no bounds.

  • enthusiasm dampens

    to become less enthusiastic or excited about something


    The rain dampened our enthusiasm for the outdoor concert.

Phrases with enthusiasm

  • to become less interested or excited about something


    I lost enthusiasm for the project after it became too difficult.

  • enthusiasm wanes

    the level of excitement or interest decreases over time


    As the season progresses, the enthusiasm of the fans wanes.

  • a positive outlook on life and a desire to experience new things


    Her enthusiasm for life is infectious and inspires those around her.

Origins of enthusiasm

from Greek 'enthousiasmos', meaning 'inspiration, divine possession'


Summary: enthusiasm in Brief

The term 'enthusiasm' [ɪnˈθjuːziæzəm] refers to intense and eager enjoyment, interest, or approval. It can be used to describe a positive outlook on life, as in 'Her enthusiasm for life is infectious,' or a lack of interest, as in 'I have no enthusiasm for this job.' The phrase 'enthusiasm knows no bounds' implies extreme passion, while 'enthusiasm dampens' indicates a decrease in excitement.

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