To be zealous.
Passionate ardor in the pursuit of anything; eagerness in favor of a person or cause; ardent and active interest; engagedness; enthusiasm; fervor.
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\zeal\ (zēl), n. [f. zèle; cf. pg. & it. zelo, sp. zelo, celo; from l. zelus, gr. &?;, probably akin to &?; to boil. cf. yeast, jealous.]
1. passionate ardor in the pursuit of anything; eagerness in favor of a person or cause; ardent and active interest; engagedness; enthusiasm; fervor. "ambition varnished o'er with zeal." "zeal, the blind conductor of the will." "zeal's never-dying fire." i bear them record that they have a zeal of god, but not according to knowledge. x. 2. a zeal for liberty is sometimes an eagerness to subvert with little care what shall be established.
2. a zealot. [obs.] jonson.
\zeal\, v. i. to be zealous. [obs. & r.]
1. a feeling of strong eagerness (usually in favor of a person or cause); "they were imbued with a revolutionary ardor"; "he felt a kind of religious zeal" [syn: ardor, ardour, elan]
2. excessive fervor to do something or accomplish some end; "he had an absolute zeal for litigation"
an earnest temper; may be enlightened (num. 25:11-13; 2 cor. 7:11; 9:2), or ignorant and misdirected (rom. 10:2; phil. 3:6). as a christian grace, it must be grounded on right principles and directed to right ends (gal. 4:18). it is sometimes ascribed to god (2 kings 19:31; isa. 9:7; 37:32; ezek. 5:13).