en·thu·si·asm /ɪnˈθuziˌæzəm, ɛn, ||ˈθju-/
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.
n 1: a feeling of excitement
2: overflowing with enthusiasm [syn: exuberance, ebullience]
3: a lively interest; "enthusiasm for his program is growing"