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Antonyms for zeal
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  1. zealnoun

    The fervor or tireless devotion for a person, cause, or ideal and determination in its furtherance; diligent enthusiasm; powerful interest.

    Synonyms:
    passion, eagerness, intensity, enthusiasm, ardor

    Antonyms:
    apathy

English Synonyms and Antonyms5.0 / 2 votes

  1. zeal

    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, eagerness, earnestness, ecstasy, enthusiasm, excitement, extravagance, fanaticism, fervency, fervor, frenzy, inspiration, intensity, passion, rapture, transport, vehemence, warmth

Complete Dictionary of Synonyms and Antonyms0.0 / 0 votes

  1. zeal

    Antonyms:
    apathy, indifference, torpor, coldness, carelessness, sluggishness, in cordiality

    Synonyms:
    ardor, interest energy, eagerness, engagedness, heartiness, earnestness, fervor, enthusiasm

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Princeton's WordNet3.5 / 2 votes

  1. ardor, ardour, elan, zealnoun

    a feeling of strong eagerness (usually in favor of a person or cause)

    "they were imbued with a revolutionary ardor"; "he felt a kind of religious zeal"

    Synonyms:
    eagerness, fervidness, fervour, ardor, fire, ardour, readiness, elan, panache, fervor, flair, style, dash, fervency, forwardness

  2. zealnoun

    excessive fervor to do something or accomplish some end

    "he had an absolute zeal for litigation"

    Synonyms:
    forwardness, ardour, readiness, elan, eagerness, ardor

  3. readiness, eagerness, zeal, forwardnessnoun

    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, eagerness, readiness, keenness, set, avidness, preparation, ardour, bumptiousness, facility, cockiness, preparedness, elan, forwardness

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  1. zealnoun

    Synonyms:
    fervor, ardor, zealotry, intensity, passion, devotion, devotedness

How to use zeal in a sentence?

  1. Butler:

    Hypocrisy will serve as well To propagate a church as zeal; As persecution and promotion Do equally advance devotion: So round white stones will serve, they say, As well as eggs, to make hens lay.

  2. Hosea Ballou:

    Never let your zeal outrun your charity. The former is but human, the latter is divine.

  3. Matthew Bennett:

    The peopling of North America is one of those things that has been for many years very contentious and a lot of archeologists hold views with almost religious zeal, one of the problems is that there is very few data points.

  4. Gerald Ford:

    We have come tardily to the tremendous task of cleaning up our environment. We should have moved with similar zeal at least a decade ago. But no purpose is served by post-mortems. With visionary zeal but the greatest realism, we must now address ourselves to the vast problems that confront us.

  5. Bharavi:

    Success is like a lovely woman, wooed by many men, but folded in the arms of him alone who, free from over-zeal, firmly persists and calmly perseveres.

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#142policy
#6372calculation
#8403caution
#25078zeal
#25345indifference
#28609apathy
#30290prudence
#57236carelessness
#59580calmness
#60838timidity
#66641coldness
#104857torpor
#120897sluggishness
#137630wariness
#222430deadness
#269750dulness

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