enthusiasm


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enthusiasm

Archaic extravagant or unbalanced religious fervour
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Midnight arrived, and the enthusiasm showed no signs of diminution.
Her clear high treble soared above all the rest in the choruses, and somehow everybody watched her, took note of her gestures, her whole-souled singing, her irrepressible enthusiasm.
Barbicane, Michel Ardan, Nicholl, and the delegates of the Gun Club, returning without delay to Baltimore, were received with indescribable enthusiasm. The notes of President Barbicane's voyage were ready to be given to the public.
I have often attributed my attachment to, my passionate enthusiasm for, the dangerous mysteries of ocean to that production of the most imaginative of modern poets.
The King's interest rose higher and higher; it developed into enthusiasm. He cried out:
She doubtless hasn't thought of me for years." He felt the enthusiasm of the house at once, and in a few moments he was caught up by the current of MacConnell's irresistible comedy.
"Monsieur," said the young Duc d'Anjou, placing his hand, delicate and white as that of a woman, upon the arm of Athos, "tell that brave man, I beg you, that Monsieur, brother of the king, will to-morrow drink his health before five hundred of the best gentlemen of France." 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.
His enthusiasm is too general and too vivid not to be false.
And the feeling of enthusiasm and love for his sovereign rose again in Rostov's soul in all its old force.
Their enthusiasm and responsiveness are a constant delight.
Amy was learning this distinction through much tribulation, for mistaking enthusiasm for inspiration, she attempted every branch of art with youthful audacity.
The din was deafening; the enthusiasm (to an uninitiated stranger) something at once hideous and terrifying to behold.