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enthusiasm

Archaic extravagant or unbalanced religious fervour
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In vain did the eager Luffey, and the enthusiastic Struggles, do all that skill and experience could suggest, to regain the ground Dingley Dell had lost in the contest --it was of no avail; and in an early period of the winning game Dingley Dell gave in, and allowed the superior prowess of All-Muggleton.
Gentlemen, I beg to surround with a rich halo of enthusiastic cheering the united names of "Dumkins and Podder.
There, mamma," said Kitty; "you wonder that I'm enthusiastic about her.
March held out her hand to Jo, who took it, smiling, with tears in her eyes, and went on in the old enthusiastic way, which they had not seen for a long while.
She enjoyed it heartily and found the applause of her boys more satisfying than any praise of the world, for now she told no stories except to her flock of enthusiastic believers and admirers.
Then there were pretty dresses to be made to take the place of the single leopard skin and in this she found the child as responsive and enthusiastic as any civilized miss of her acquaintance.
When Bwana had gone forth to shoot for meat she had always been his enthusiastic companion; but with the coming of the London guests the hunting had deteriorated into mere killing.
But Julia was constitutionally generous, and it was the excess of the quality that made her enthusiastic and visionary.
To know intense joy without a strong bodily frame, one must have an enthusiastic soul.
From the outset, Kingsley was an enthusiastic worker with F.
Damon, who seemed eager to burst into enthusiastic talk.
We are to recollect that all the existing constitutions were formed in the midst of a danger which repressed the passions most unfriendly to order and concord; of an enthusiastic confidence of the people in their patriotic leaders, which stifled the ordinary diversity of opinions on great national questions; of a universal ardor for new and opposite forms, produced by a universal resentment and indignation against the ancient government; and whilst no spirit of party connected with the changes to be made, or the abuses to be reformed, could mingle its leaven in the operation.