Definition of ‘Zeal’

Discover what the word zeal means

Zeal is a noun (plural Zeals)

According to, this word is often used in a religious sense, meaning devotion to God or another religious cause, like being a missionary. Zeal doesn’t have to be religious, though: a feeling of enthusiasm for anything can be called zeal.

So, we can say that people have zeal for sports teams, bands, causes, and (often, but not always) their jobs. If you have passion for something, you have zeal, which is kind of a mix of eagerness and energy and devotion.

It can also be defined as a fervour or tireless devotion for a person, cause, or object and determination in its furtherance; diligent enthusiasm; powerful interest.

Hence, a Zealot (plural zealots) is the one who is zealous, the one who is full of zeal for his own specific beliefs or objectives, sometimes in the negative sense of being too passionate; a fanatic.

Synonyms of ‘Zeal’

– Ardor, eagerness, enthusiasm, intensity, passion


Antonyms of ‘Zeal’

– Apathy.

Example: It troubled him to notice in him something almost like apathy toward the war.


  • I began to study with great enthusiasm! Such zeal aroused me, that the most discouraging exercises became my favourite.
  • Everyone listened to him like listening to music, with a mixture of zeal and distraction.
  • He implored me to do so with the zeal of someone who had just found God.
  • One of those preachers admitted to The Daily Beast that he was taken aback by her zeal.
  • Her zeal is certainly getting the better of her conscience and judgment.
  • The government’s reforming zeal was kept up for a bit longer.

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