(New American Roget's College Thesaurus)
n. ecstasy, frenzy, fanaticism; fire, spirit, force; ardor, zeal, fervor, vehemence, eagerness; optimism, assurance. See feeling, hope, excitability, vigor. Ant., disinterest.
(Roget's IV) n.
1. [Ardent zeal]
Syn. fervor, zeal, ardor, interest, passion, vehemence, eagerness, zealousness, earnestness, fanaticism, frenzy, intensity, feeling, zest, keenness, vim, energy, activity, ardency, ecstasy, craze, mania, vivacity, impetuosity, fever, fieriness, élan, excitement, vigor, verve, furor, spirit, flare, rapture, heat, relish, gusto, vitality, animation, brio (Italian), alacrity, avidity, transport, joy, emotion, warmth, exhilaration, exuberance, joie de vivre (French), glow, rage, devotion, fury, fullness of heart, fire, life, go*, snap*, pep*, zip*, dash*.
Ant. dullness*, weariness, ennui.
2. [Something arousing interest or zeal]
Syn. craze, fad, passion, interest; see fad .
Syn.- enthusiasm implies strongly favorable feelings for an object or cause and usually suggests eagerness in the pursuit of something [ her enthusiasm for golf ] ; zeal implies intense enthusiasm for an object or cause, usually as displayed in vigorous and untiring activity in its support [ a zeal for reform ] ; passion usually implies a strong emotion that has an overpowering or compelling effect [ his passions overcame his reason; a passion for music ] ; fervor and ardor both imply emotion of burning intensity, fervor suggesting a constant glow of feeling [ religious fervor] , and ardor , a restless, flamelike emotion [ the ardors of youth ]
(Roget's 3 Superthesaurus) n.
eagerness, keenness, feeling, fervor, interest, zeal, passion, vivacity, ardor, relish, exuberance, verve, spirit, elan. ''Energy that boils over and runs down the side of the pot.''—Arnold Glasow. ''A distemper of youth.''—Ambrose Bierce. ''Fire under control.''—Norman Vincent Peale. ''The great hillclimber.''—Elbert Hubbard.
ANT.: apathy, indifference, passivity
(Roget's Thesaurus II) noun 1. Passionate devotion to or interest in a cause or subject, for example: ardor, fervor, fire, passion, zeal, zealousness. See CONCERN, FEELINGS. 2. A subject or activity that inspires lively interest: craze, mania, passion, rage. See CONCERN.

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