Zeal, v. i. To be zealous. [Obs. & R.]
1. Passionate ardor in the pursuit of anything; eagerness in favor of a person or cause; ardent and active interest; engagedness; enthusiasm; fervor. “Ambition varnished o'er with zeal.” --Milton. “Zeal, the blind conductor of the will.” --Dryden. “Zeal's never-dying fire.” --Keble.
I bear them record that they have a zeal of God, but not according to knowledge. --Rom. x. 2.
A zeal for liberty is sometimes an eagerness to subvert with little care what shall be established. --Johnson.
2. A zealot. [Obs.]
n 1: 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" [syn: ardor,
2: excessive fervor to do something or accomplish some end; "he
had an absolute zeal for litigation"
an earnest temper; may be enlightened (Num. 25:11-13; 2 Cor.
7:11; 9:2), or ignorant and misdirected (Rom. 10:2; Phil. 3:6).
As a Christian grace, it must be grounded on right principles
and directed to right ends (Gal. 4:18). It is sometimes ascribed
to God (2 Kings 19:31; Isa. 9:7; 37:32; Ezek. 5:13).