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 for Zeal
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Zeal \Zeal\, v. i.
     To be zealous. [Obs. & R.] --Bacon.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Zeal \Zeal\ (z[=e]l), n. [F. z[`e]le; cf. Pg. & It. zelo, Sp.
     zelo, celo; from L. zelus, Gr. ?, probably akin to ? to boil.
     Cf. Yeast, Jealous.]
     [1913 Webster]
     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." --Milton. "Zeal, the blind conductor of the
        will." --Dryden. "Zeal's never-dying fire." --Keble.
        [1913 Webster]
  
              I bear them record that they have a zeal of God, but
              not according to knowledge.           --Rom. x. 2.
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              A zeal for liberty is sometimes an eagerness to
              subvert with little care what shall be established.
                                                    --Johnson.
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     2. A zealot. [Obs.] --B. Jonson.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  zeal
      n 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, zeal]
      2: excessive fervor to do something or accomplish some end; "he
         had an absolute zeal for litigation"
      3: prompt willingness; "readiness to continue discussions";
         "they showed no eagerness to spread the gospel"; "they
         disliked his zeal in demonstrating his superiority"; "he
         tried to explain his forwardness in battle" [syn:
         readiness, eagerness, zeal, forwardness]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  180 Moby Thesaurus words for "zeal":
     abandon, acquiescence, agitation, agreeability, agreeableness,
     alacrity, all-overs, amenability, angst, anxiety, anxiety hysteria,
     anxiety neurosis, anxious bench, anxious concern, anxious seat,
     anxiousness, apprehension, apprehensiveness, ardency, ardor,
     avidity, bibliolatry, bluster, brawl, broil, brouhaha, cacophony,
     calenture, cankerworm of care, care, chaos, charismatic gift,
     charismatic movement, charismatic renewal, cheerful consent,
     commitment, committedness, commotion, compliance, concern,
     concernment, consent, cooperativeness, dedication, devotedness,
     devotion, devoutness, disquiet, disquietude, distress, disturbance,
     docility, dread, eagerness, earnestness, ebullition, ecstasy,
     embroilment, energy, enthusiasm, excitement, faith, faithfulness,
     fanaticism, favorable disposition, favorableness, fear, ferment,
     fervency, fervidness, fervor, fidelity, fierceness, fire, flap,
     fomentation, foofaraw, foreboding, forebodingness, forwardness,
     frenzy, fume, furor, furore, fury, fuss, gameness, gift of tongues,
     glossolalia, goodwill, gusto, heart, heartiness, heat, heatedness,
     hubbub, hurrah, impassionedness, inquietude, intensity, intentness,
     keenness, liveliness, loyalty, malaise, misgiving, nervous strain,
     nervous tension, nervousness, overanxiety, overdevoutness,
     overpiousness, overreligiousness, overrighteousness,
     overzealousness, pandemonium, passion, passionateness,
     pentecostalism, perturbation, pins and needles, pliability,
     pliancy, promptness, pucker, racket, rage, readiness,
     receptive mood, receptiveness, receptivity, relish, resolution,
     responsiveness, revival, revivalism, right mood, row, ruckus,
     rumpus, sanctimony, savor, seriousness, sincerity, solicitude,
     soul, spirit, stew, storminess, strain, suspense, tempestuousness,
     tension, tractability, trouble, tumult, tumultuousness, turbulence,
     turmoil, uneasiness, ungrudgingness, unloathness, unquietness,
     unreluctance, uproar, upset, urgency, vehemence, verve, vexation,
     warmth, warmth of feeling, wildness, willing ear, willing heart,
     willingness, zealotism, zealotry, zealousness, zest
  
  

From Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary :

  Zeal
     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).
     

From The Devil's Dictionary (1881-1906) :

  ZEAL, n.  A certain nervous disorder afflicting the young and
  inexperienced.  A passion that goeth before a sprawl.
  
      When Zeal sought Gratitude for his reward
      He went away exclaiming:  "O my Lord!"
      "What do you want?" the Lord asked, bending down.
      "An ointment for my cracked and bleeding crown."
                                                              Jum Coople
  

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