enthusiasm


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enthusiasm

Archaic extravagant or unbalanced religious fervour
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It did not occur to her that the doubts of her own practical nature were almost as dangerous and illogical as his enthusiasm, and that for that reason she was fast losing what little influence she possessed over him.
All gold and silver and di'monds," said Joe, with enthusiasm.
This in itself was enough to damp the ardor of my enthusiasm.
Adam's enthusiasm lay in these things; and our love is inwrought in our enthusiasm as electricity is inwrought in the air, exalting its power by a subtle presence.
And, on finishing these words, the young man, perceiving that his enthusiasm had deranged one of his ruffles, set to work to put it to rights with the greatest care imaginable.
He had the ordinary temperament of genius, and was a compound of misanthropy, sensibility, and enthusiasm.
There are, no doubt, many who have found difficulty in reconciling the critical dictum that the "Paradise Lost" is to be devoutly admired throughout, with the absolute impossibility of maintaining for it, during perusal, the amount of enthusiasm which that critical dictum would demand.
And this will be easily known if we feel our dispositions any way influenced thereby; and that they are so is evident from many other instances, as well as the music at the Olympic games; and this confessedly fills the soul with enthusiasm; but enthusiasm is an affection of the soul which strongly agitates the disposition.
But, in England, enthusiasm does not stop short with mere words.
When, in the enthusiasm of my youth, I remarked on this to Rose Waterford, she said:
Their enthusiasm and responsiveness are a constant delight.
Dark hairs were already showing on his upper lip, and his whole face expressed impetuosity and enthusiasm.