zeal


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Synonyms for zeal

Synonyms for zeal

passionate devotion to or interest in a cause or subject, for example

Synonyms for zeal

a feeling of strong eagerness (usually in favor of a person or cause)

excessive fervor to do something or accomplish some end

prompt willingness

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This learned dissertator, however valuable for his industry and erudition, is yet more to be esteemed for having dared so freely in the midst of France to declare his disapprobation of the Patriarch Oviedo's sanguinary zeal, who was continually importuning the Portuguese to beat up their drums for missionaries, who might preach the gospel with swords in their hands, and propagate by desolation and slaughter the true worship of the God of Peace.
He has made no scruple of preferring the testimony of Father du Bernat to the writings of all the Portuguese Jesuits, to whom he allows great zeal, but little learning, without giving any other reason than that his favourite was a Frenchman.
It seems it didn't--though how much was pure missionary zeal and how much just plain King spunk I'm doubtful.
But his zeal did not grow cold; and only about five years before his death he took great pains in preparing a new edition of the Indian Bible.
Custom, duty and religious zeal might have commanded the union; but there could have been no love on La's part.
George remained four years at a French university, and, applying himself with an unintermitted zeal, obtained a very thorough education.
At the age of womanhood, she was, by her own request, baptized, and became a member of the Christian church in the place; and showed so much intelligence, activity and zeal, and desire to do good in the world, that she was at last recommended, and approved as a missionary to one of the stations in Africa; and we have heard that the same activity and ingenuity which, when a child, made her so multiform and restless in her developments, is now employed, in a safer and wholesomer manner, in teaching the children of her own country.
And according to the degree of pleasure and pride we feel in being republicans, ought to be our zeal in cherishing the spirit and supporting the character of Federalists.
Though that young lady had brought her aunt into great good humour by those soothing methods which we have before related, she had not brought her in the least to abate of her zeal for the match with Lord Fellamar.
Konstantin Levin felt that there was no course open to him but to submit, or to confess to a lack of zeal for the public good.
But Konstantin Levin wanted to justify himself for the failing, of which he was conscious, of lack of zeal for the public welfare, and he went on.
She looked steadily on life and assumed its duties with courage and zeal.
He said that "These were men to whose indefatigable zeal modern philosophers were indebted for most of the foundations of their knowledge.
So that, through their zeal for him, they had all conspired, so far as in them lay, to muffle up the knowledge of this thing from others; and hence it was, that not till a considerable interval had elapsed, did it transpire upon the Pequod's decks.
The published emails showed Eleni Loizidou's excessive zeal in pursuing extradition requests against Russian nationals, some politically motivated, by the prosecutor-general of the Russian Federation.