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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典

 en·thu·si·asm /ɪnˈθuziˌæzəm, ɛn, ||ˈθju-/

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 En·thu·si·asm n.
 1. Inspiration as if by a divine or superhuman power; ecstasy; hence, a conceit of divine possession and revelation, or of being directly subject to some divine impulse.
    Enthusiasm is founded neither on reason nor divine revelation, but rises from the conceits of a warmed or overweening imagination.   --Locke.
 2. A state of impassioned emotion; transport; elevation of fancy; exaltation of soul; as, the poetry of enthusiasm.
    Resolutions adopted in enthusiasm are often repented of when excitement has been succeeded by the wearing duties of hard everyday routine.   --Froude.
    Exhibiting the seeming contradiction of susceptibility to enthusiasm and calculating shrewdness.   --Bancroft.
 3. Enkindled and kindling fervor of soul; strong excitement of feeling on behalf of a cause or a subject; ardent and imaginative zeal or interest; as, he engaged in his profession with enthusiasm.
    Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm.   --Emerson.
 4. Lively manifestation of joy or zeal.
    Philip was greeted with a tumultuous enthusiasm.   --Prescott.

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      n 1: a feeling of excitement
      2: overflowing with enthusiasm [syn: exuberance, ebullience]
      3: a lively interest; "enthusiasm for his program is growing"