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Antonyms for eagerness

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. eagerness, avidity, avidness, keenness(noun)

    a positive feeling of wanting to push ahead with something

    Synonyms:
    zeal, avidity, readiness, avidness, forwardness, keenness, sharpness, acuteness, acuity

  2. readiness, eagerness, zeal, forwardness(noun)

    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"

    Synonyms:
    avidity, ardor, pushiness, readiness, keenness, set, avidness, zeal, preparation, ardour, bumptiousness, facility, cockiness, preparedness, elan, forwardness

English Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. eagerness

    The old meaning of enthusiasm implies a pseudo-inspiration, an almost frantic extravagance in behalf of something supposed to be an expression of the divine will. This sense remains as the controlling one in the kindred noun enthusiast. Enthusiasm has now chiefly the meaning of an earnest and commendable devotion, an intense and eager interest. Against the hindrances of the world, nothing great and good can be carried without a certain fervor, intensity, and vehemence; these joined with faith, courage, and hopefulness make enthusiasm. Zeal is burning earnestness, always tending to vigorous action with all the devotion of enthusiasm, tho often without its hopefulness. Compare EAGER.

    Antonyms:
    calculation, calmness, caution, coldness, deadness, dulness, indifference, lukewarmness, policy, prudence, timidity, wariness

    Synonyms:
    ardor, devotion, earnestness, ecstasy, enthusiasm, excitement, extravagance, fanaticism, fervency, fervor, frenzy, inspiration, intensity, passion, rapture, transport, vehemence, warmth, zeal

How to use eagerness in a sentence?

  1. George Eliot, Middlemarch:

    What we call our despair is often only the painful eagerness of unfed hope.

  2. Amit Ray:

    The true miracle lies in our eagerness to allow, appreciate, and honor the uniqueness, and freedom of each sentient being to sing the song of their heart.

  3. Chuck Schumer:

    I worry that this president, in his eagerness to strike a deal and get the acclaim and a photo op, will strike a quick one and a bad one, not a strong one, not a lasting one.

  4. Patrick Ryder:

    The Coalition does remain in contact with New Syrian Forces elements who have graduated from the program, who have expressed their eagerness to continue the counter-ISIL fight.

  5. John Gulledge:

    My greatest personal qualities I possessed during that time were my availability and eagerness to learn, i used to gobble up hours from other workers that had other plans or simply did not want to work.

Words popularity by usage frequency

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#142policy
#6372calculation
#8403caution
#25345indifference
#30290prudence
#46529eagerness
#59580calmness
#60838timidity
#66641coldness
#137630wariness
#222430deadness
#269750dulness

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