Over-enthusiasm



[en-thoo-zee-az-uh m] /ɛnˈθu ziˌæz əm/

noun
1.
absorbing or controlling possession of the mind by any interest or pursuit; lively interest:
He shows marked enthusiasm for his studies.
2.
an occupation, activity, or pursuit in which such interest is shown:
Hunting is his latest enthusiasm.
3.
any of various forms of extreme religious devotion, usually associated with intense emotionalism and a break with orthodoxy.
/ɪnˈθjuːzɪˌæzəm/
noun
1.
ardent and lively interest or eagerness
2.
an object of keen interest; passion
3.
(archaic) extravagant or unbalanced religious fervour
4.
(obsolete) possession or inspiration by a god
n.

c.1600, from Middle French enthousiasme (16c.) and directly from Late Latin enthusiasmus, from Greek enthousiasmos “divine inspiration,” from enthousiazein “be inspired or possessed by a god, be rapt, be in ecstasy,” from entheos “divinely inspired, possessed by a god,” from en “in” (see en- (2)) + theos “god” (see Thea). Acquired a derogatory sense of “excessive religious emotion” (1650s) under the Puritans; generalized sense of “fervor, zeal” (the main modern sense) is first recorded 1716.

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