from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Having or demonstrating enthusiasm.

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  • adj. With zealous fervor; excited, motivated

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Filled with enthusiasm; characterized by enthusiasm; zealous.
  • n. An enthusiast; a zealot.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Filled with or characterized by enthusiasm, or the conceit of special intercourse with God, or of direct revelations or instructions from him.
  • Prone to enthusiasm; zealous or devoted; passionate in devotion to a belief or a principle, or the pursuit of an object: as, an enthusiastic reformer.
  • Elevated; ardent; inspired by or glowing with enthusiasm: as, the speaker addressed the audience in enthusiastic strains.
  • Synonyms Enthusiastic, Fanatical; eager, zealous, devoted, fervent, passionate, glowing; heated, inflamed, visionary. Enthusiastic is most frequently used with regard to a person whose sympathies or feelings are warmly engaged in favor of any cause or pursuit, and who is full of hope and ardent zeal; while fanatical is generally said of a person who has fantastic and extravagant views on religious or moral subjects, or some similarly absorbing topic. See superstition.
  • n. An enthusiast.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. having or showing great excitement and interest


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  • 6 listings ... that's not very enthusiastic.

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