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  • She insisted with so much zeal that...   (source)
    zeal = energy (enthusiasm)
  • The militancy of the Jesuits he somewhat resembled is a case in point. Historically their zeal stems not from the strength of the Catholic Church but from its weakness in the face of the Reformation.   (source)
    zeal = active interest and enthusiasm
  • the passion with which we threw each other around the small dance area was similar to the zeal shown in honest wrestling matches and hand-to-hand combat.   (source)
    zeal = energy (enthusiasm)
  • The job of the financial journalist was to ... to scrutinize company boards with the same merciless zeal with which political reporters pursue the tiniest steps out of line of ministers and members of Parliament.   (source)
    zeal = active interest and enthusiasm
  • Her eyes began to sparkle with the strange, disconnected zeal that came over her at events which she considered to be tests of faith.   (source)
  • ...flung themselves into their work with savage zeal.   (source)
    zeal = interest and enthusiasm
  • These new principals were generally younger and less schooled, but possessed the religious zeal that had now become the first priority of government.   (source)
    zeal = active interest and enthusiasm
  • when the Fugees played poorly, or slowly and without zeal, Luma would tell her players they were playing the other team's style of soccer—playing "like them."   (source)
  • As the days rolled by, Eragon embraced Oromis's training with a zeal that the elder Rider praised,   (source)
  • Yossarian was stunned by their overbearing vigor and zeal,   (source)
    zeal = enthusiasm
  • As LaTisha turns from her front seat to continue the debate, Cedric fires from the back with zeal:   (source)
    zeal = not known to many people
  • Noah had never slid his hand further than my neck, had never found ingenious ways to get places I was trying zealously to guard.   (source)
    zealously = with active interest and enthusiasm
  • When Katie came home from rehab, I approached each day with the zeal of a drill sergeant.   (source)
    zeal = active interest and enthusiasm
  • But going forward filled with the importance of his message ... and in his zeal, perhaps in his mortal pride, ignoring the advice of his physician.   (source)
    zeal = enthusiasm
  • Call went along, somewhat grudgingly, because I was unwilling to explain my great zeal for work.   (source)
    zeal = active interest and enthusiasm
  • Because these humans could hate with so much fury, was the other end of the spectrum that they could love with more heart and zeal...?   (source)
    zeal = enthusiasm
  • Max had experienced some of this himself, but it had never reached such a groundswell of intensity or zeal.   (source)
    zeal = active interest and enthusiasm
  • Oh, once in a while they get carried away but it's good to see all that energy and zeal and enthusiasm.   (source)
  • Though few in number, abolitionists were well organized, vocal, passionate, and possessed by a fervent, religious zeal for their cause.   (source)
  • ...safeguarded his possessions with a military order and zeal,   (source)
  • about a hundred calls got routed to me through too much zeal by a comrade in phone company,   (source)
    zeal = enthusiasm
  • Ed, a half-blood, was an easygoing man with none of Benny's zeal to cancel Thomas Black Bull's background and inheritance overnight.   (source)
    zeal = active interest and enthusiasm
  • "Reverend Brown, I know it is the great zeal of Your faith which makes you utter this prayer!"   (source)
  • Liza hated alcoholic liquors with an iron zeal.   (source)
  • Govinda had aged, he too, but still his face bore the same features, expressed zeal, faithfulness, searching, timidness.   (source)
  • filled as they were with new zeal and new hope,   (source)
  • Zeal was not enough.   (source)
  • I read most of them with laudable zeal,   (source)
    zeal = enthusiasm
  • You must therefore zealously guard in his mind the curious assumption "My time is my own".   (source)
    zealously = with active interest and enthusiasm
  • ...he was carrying it out with all the zeal and ardour befitting a young officer with a promising career ahead of him.   (source)
    zeal = active interest and enthusiasm
  • I'm afraid your Uncle Henry has a black eye due to Mr. Merriwether's zeal for his part.   (source)
    zeal = enthusiasm
  • Yet we can learn a salutary lesson from the zeal, excessive though it was, of those Abyssinian Christians.   (source)
    zeal = active interest and enthusiasm
  • At this time and place, she become all on fire with zeal.   (source)
    zeal = enthusiasm
  • The zeal for honesty   (source)
  • His friendly zeal was drab compared with that of his wife.   (source)
    zeal = active interest and enthusiasm
  • I had never seen her so energetic; she was panting with zeal,   (source)
  • ...the patriotic zeal officially evinced by Claggart had...   (source)
  • And in her zeal, when she had finished with her own, she attacked the belongings of her men and went through them like a tornado.   (source)
    zeal = enthusiasm
  • I must compliment you exceedingly upon the zeal and the intelligence which you have shown over an extraordinarily difficult case.   (source)
    zeal = active interest and enthusiasm
  • Robespierre and Danton both had commended Bibot for his zeal and Bibot was proud of the fact that he on his own initiative had sent at least fifty aristos to the guillotine.   (source)
  • Several of the assistants had gone to the war, and Lynn and Sedley with patriotic zeal had promised to keep their places open for them.   (source)
    zeal = enthusiasm
  • It was quite touching, the zeal of people to see that his health and happiness were provided for.   (source)
    zeal = active interest and enthusiasm
  • Legrandin's face shewed an extraordinary zeal and animation;   (source)
    zeal = interest and enthusiasm
  • threw herself into it with her accustomed zeal.   (source)
    zeal = active interest and enthusiasm
  • they will teach others with a missionary zeal that puts all ordinary philanthropic efforts to shame,   (source)
  • So he displayed the zeal of an insane sprinter in his purpose to keep them in the rear.   (source)
    zeal = enthusiasm
  • slow your zeal!   (source)
  • Zeal triumphs over all.   (source)
    zeal = active interest and enthusiasm
  • Presently the hide-and-seek frolicking began, and Tom and Becky engaged in it with zeal until...   (source)
    zeal = enthusiasm
  • there are certain people who go zealously snuffing about to smell out moral corruption   (source)
    zealously = with active interest and enthusiasm
  • Ralph would not concede that the work of the detectives was likely to be in vain, for he thought that the prize offered would greatly stimulate their zeal and activity.   (source)
    zeal = active interest and enthusiasm
  • he had in these very projects of reform been serving the Lord more zealously than before.   (source)
    zealously = with active interest and enthusiasm
  • resolving, with a glow of philanthropic zeal, to found and endow an institution for the express benefit of young women with artistic tendencies.   (source)
    zeal = enthusiasm
  • he did his duty with exemplary zeal   (source)
    zeal = active interest and enthusiasm
  • the religious zeal that brought other emigrants across the Atlantic.   (source)
    zeal = enthusiasm
  • It led to my remarking, with more zeal than discretion, that...   (source)
  • Zeal sometimes proceeded to extermination.   (source)
    zeal = active interest and enthusiasm
  • It goes without saying that when he saw a Huguenot coming, he felt himself filled with such ardent Catholic zeal that he could not understand how, a quarter of an hour before, he had been able to have any doubts upon the superiority of our holy religion.   (source)
    zeal = enthusiasm
  • Had he done so, he would, no doubt, have attributed his zeal to the importance of the case, or perhaps to the money he hoped to make by it.   (source)
    zeal = active interest and enthusiasm
  • I loosed the three dogs, whose impatience had been almost uncontrollable, and who now rushed to the attack of the unfortunate monkeys, as though burning with zeal to execute justice upon desperate criminals.   (source)
  • Branderham, unwilling to remain idle, poured forth his zeal in a shower of loud taps on the boards of the pulpit,   (source)
    zeal = enthusiasm
  • The same zeal for self-improvement, which led him to steal the much coveted arts of reading and writing, amid all the toil and discouragements of his early life, still led him to devote all his leisure time to self-cultivation.   (source)
    zeal = active interest and enthusiasm
  • She looked steadily on life and assumed its duties with courage and zeal.   (source)
  • admiring her drawings with so much zeal and so little knowledge   (source)
  • This obscure family of ours was early in the Reformation, and continued Protestants through the reign of Queen Mary, when they were sometimes in danger of trouble on account of their zeal against popery.   (source)
  • to maintain friendship with kings and princes in such a way that they must help him with zeal and offend with caution,   (source)
  • Then I would go inside, make a quick purchase: stockings and gloves were always convincing as evidence of my zeal.†   (source)
  • Thus he could take credit for all of Ye's research results and papers, and cast himself as an exemplary political officer with both technical acumen and revolutionary zeal.†   (source)
  • Since my conversation with Nathan in the annex, I had been filled with a renewed zeal to prove them all wrong.†   (source)
  • He gathered up dishes from the table and piled them into the sink, scrubbing everything with extraordinary zeal.†   (source)
  • In my mind's eye, I pictured her aiming her incredible zeal and energy exclusively at the Electrons.†   (source)
  • They say there's no zeal like the zeal of the convert—and that's the kind of Anglican I was.†   (source)
  • We were so full of revolutionary zeal that we hardly slept at night.†   (source)
  • She had little more to do than remain silent behind her cousin's zeal.†   (source)
  • The Priest's Tale: "The Man Who Cried God" "Sometimes there is a thin line separating orthodox zeal from apostasy," said Father Lenar Hoyt.†   (source)
  • Tante Jans seized the pot and glared into it with righteous zeal.†   (source)
  • And the fast food chains have fought against unions with the same zeal they've displayed fighting hikes in the minimum wage.†   (source)
  • With a zeal rivaled only by Alex Haley's relentless search for Kunta Kinte, he dived into Dale's seamy background, where he discovered the above story to be absolutely true and correct.†   (source)
  • The curfew Saeed's parents had been waiting for was duly imposed, and enforced with hair-trigger zeal, not just sandbagged checkpoints and razor wire proliferating but also howitzers and infantry fighting vehicles and tanks with their turrets clad in the rectangular barnacles of explosive reactive armor.†   (source)
  • Marcus kneels and draws his sword, offering it up to the Augur, his eyes glinting with a strangely exultant zeal, as if he's already been named Emperor.†   (source)
  • Woundwort watched over them with a tireless zeal that won their loyalty even while they feared him.†   (source)
  • Whatever convictions and opinions he was maturing in this year with the Hardwicks, he kept to himself; but he was supposed to hold some socialistic ideas, and Lydia Sessions, James Hardwick's sister-in-law, made her devoir to these by engaging zealously in semi-charitable enterprises among the mill-girls.†   (source)
  • Few other cities tried the kind of strategies that New York did, and certainly none with the same zeal.†   (source)
  • Your crime: too much zeal in the protection. of those you love.†   (source)
  • She was nearly seventy, but her zeal was unbending.†   (source)
  • The woman looked out from the screen with the sincere zeal of a serious nut job.†   (source)
  • The sheer momentum of their zeal carried Tom.†   (source)
  • told me about Rabbi Isaac Saunders and the zealousness with which he ruled his people and settled questions of Jewish law.†   (source)
  • He described Seth's zeal for secrecy, his offshore bank accounts and maze of corporations.†   (source)
  • But Cookie said that in his opinion Roberts knew all about Cox and had been filled with missionary zeal at the chance to save such a big ripe sinner from the Pit of Damnation.†   (source)
  • He knew he could be difficult, inclined to "speak too freely," that he was touchy and that in discussion his excessive zeal often worked to his disadvantage.†   (source)
  • But it is true that when I signed on, there was no consensus that we would carry the experiments this far, that we would apply what we learned with such…zeal.†   (source)
  • Beneath the burning sun of Dome, wealth was measured as much in water as in gold, so every well was zealously guarded.†   (source)
  • He went about the job with some missionary zeal at first.†   (source)
  • If the FBI, in all its zeal to stop the spread of communism, is concerned that a former Soviet defector has access to such top secret U-2 data at the peak of cold war tension, it's not proving it by paying attention to his case.†   (source)
  • There's enough weariness in his voice that I'm guessing that good ol' Jim and maybe several of the other soldiers have repeated these exact same lines a million times over with the zeal of the newly converted.†   (source)
  • And realizing that part of her zeal to believe was her fear to know, she set out to learn the truth, with a cleaner, calmer sense of Tightness than the effort at dutiful self-fraud had ever given her.†   (source)
  • It gives me cause to wonder about your ability to infuse the freshmen with the necessary zeal required for them to become exemplary graduates of the Institute.†   (source)
  • In their zeal to speak to us, two other fellows leap up, upsetting the boat's delicate balance.†   (source)
  • Occasionally one would reach out to me with missionary zeal, but I'd rebuff that person with haughty silence.†   (source)
  • Dangerous ambition is more often masked by a zeal for the rights of the people than the zeal for a firm and efficient government.†   (source)
  • "Please," said Hannah softly, but the eyes behind the mask only brightened with zeal.†   (source)
  • There had been suddenly established a bond between Morris and me, and I relaxed, filled with inquisitive zeal.†   (source)
  • The whole neighborhood would rush to save this woman if she were buried alive by the caving in of a pit, and labor with zeal until she were dug out.†   (source)
  • A misplaced zeal.†   (source)
  • Her missionary zeal had been blessed with its just reward.†   (source)
  • My mother finally concluded that I would never make something of myself by pursuing a life in business and started considering careers that demanded less competitive zeal.†   (source)
  • The Mother of God is asked to 'pray zealously to her Son and her God,' and the words of the psalm are put into her mouth: 'My soul doth magnify the Lord, and my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour.†   (source)
  • BERENGER: [continuing to arrange his working equipment with excessive zeal as if to make up for his late arrival; in a natural tone to PAPILLON] Oh yes, I saw it all right.†   (source)
  • So we zealously set to work to create an idyll—an idyll of eating and sleeping of course.   (source)
    zealously = enthusiastically
  • He lay on the cold floor sobbing; but really he was groping forward with fierce zeal into a welter of circumstances which he felt contained a water of mercy for the thirst of his heart and brain.   (source)
    zeal = interest and enthusiasm
  • zealously piling lie upon lie   (source)
    zealously = enthusiastically
  • He was rich, but not remarkably so, and he spent his money zealously in the pursuit of social pleasure.   (source)
    zealously = with active interest and enthusiasm
  • Zeal without prudence is like a ship adrift.   (source)
    zeal = enthusiasm
  • But Amedee had the zeal of the newly married, and he was not to be lightly shaken off.   (source)
    zeal = active interest and enthusiasm
  • With untiring zeal they hissed vice and applauded virtue.   (source)
  • Jimmy, under generous influences, felt the buried zeal of his father wake to life within him:   (source)
    zeal = enthusiasm
  • They spoke with zeal of the coming baseball season.   (source)
    zeal = active interest and enthusiasm
  • his remarkable zeal as president of a Bible society   (source)
  • "If I were to decline the part," said Maria, with renewed zeal, "Julia would certainly take it."   (source)
    zeal = enthusiasm
  • Methinks this is an excess of zeal for a friend who was so late an enemy!   (source)
  • This man had been out helping to hang his neighbors, and had done his work with zeal,   (source)
  • When they understood that order the servants set to work at this new task with pleasure and zeal.   (source)
  • nothing damped the zeal of Nicholas in the service of his kind patrons   (source)
    zeal = active interest and enthusiasm
  • Carol did not recover her zeal till two days after, when she tried Mrs. George Edwin Mott, wife of the superintendent of schools.   (source)
  • The work was zealously undertaken, Ridley himself engaging in it; and the result was the founding of Christ's Hospital for the education of poor children.   (source)
    zealously = with active interest and enthusiasm
  • He zealously undertook to do so,   (source)
    zealously = enthusiastically
  • "That is clear and it's a sin to hide it," the fanatic, carried away by a zeal that outstripped his reason, would not be quieted.   (source)
    zeal = enthusiasm
  • ...but in their hasty zeal to befriend him, and from the circumstance that both he and the sharks were at times half hidden by the blood-muddled water, those indiscreet spades of theirs would come nearer amputating a leg than a tail.   (source)
  • As it was, he did nothing with much zeal, but sport; and his time was otherwise trifled away, without benefit from books or anything else.   (source)
    zeal = active interest and enthusiasm
  • Eustacia was not long in guessing that poor Mrs. Yeobright, in her anxiety for her niece's future, had mentioned this lover to stimulate the zeal of the other.   (source)
  • I will try with all the zeal, and honour, and friendship and respect that I feel for you, good Little Dorrit of my heart, to do you a lasting service.   (source)
  • The woman had long perceived how zealously and constantly the young mind of her companion was struggling for enlargement; and yet now, in her eighteenth year, it still remained but little unfolded.   (source)
    zealously = with active interest and enthusiasm
  • His zeal had procured him advancement, and he was said to be one of the first who had informed the government of the departure from the Island of Elba.   (source)
    zeal = active enthusiasm
  • said Mrs. Cratchit, kissing her a dozen times, and taking off her shawl and bonnet for her with officious zeal.   (source)
    zeal = enthusiasm
  • Hektor, Priam's son, hard as the wargod--now in pride and zeal this hunter led his fighters on.   (source)
  • He had abundantly earned the privilege of intimate discussion of her sister's disappointment, by the friendly zeal with which he had endeavoured to soften it,   (source)
    zeal = active interest and enthusiasm
  • Mr. Feigenbaum stared out at the crowd, his ancient, glittering eyes taking measure of their zeal.†   (source)
  • He paused, his voice brimming now with academic zeal.†   (source)
  • Truth is, this class wouldn't be half the fun without his Jimmy Swaggart zeal.†   (source)
  • Mr. Brown preached against such excess of zeal.†   (source)
  • Slather every protuberance with arid zeal!†   (source)
  • He rode claiming races with as much zeal as he rode the Santa Anita Handicap.†   (source)
  • Their faces were zealously blank, their eyes filled with bland fire.†   (source)
  • It's not true, my head tells me with the zeal of denial.†   (source)
  • Of Captain Truxtun he wrote, "I wish all other officers had as much zeal."†   (source)
  • Even for someone of her commitment and zeal, it was depleting work.†   (source)
  • They speak to one another with passion and zeal.†   (source)
  • 'Well, I don't care!' the chaplain flung back with undiminished zeal.†   (source)
  • They have more zeal when there is a hope of obtaining, by meriting, a continuance in office.†   (source)
  • 'He won't get back into his bed,' Nurse Cramer reported zealously in an injured tone.†   (source)
  • I must now repeat this with zeal and earnestness.†   (source)
  • Party zeal has a great influence in direct elections.†   (source)
  • People who zealously want amendments must agree that the Constitution must be ratified first.†   (source)
  • It was good that he fought in a holy war, for there was real zeal behind each blow.†   (source)
  • For the night is to me the flaring up of lust, the dark, moonless zeal of sin.†   (source)
  • It's a mistake to hang back too obviously in any group like this; it stamps you as lukewarm, lacking in zeal.†   (source)
  • She waved the battle banner as though brandishing her burning youth, trusting that the enemy would be burnt to ashes in the revolutionary flames, imagining that an ideal world would be born tomorrow from the ardor and zeal coursing through her blood….†   (source)
  • Some carried themselves with a sort of wistful resignation, others with pride or stiff soldierly discipline or good humor or macho zeal.†   (source)
  • If my punishment for past excesses brought about by my zeal is to be banishment to the seventh circle of desolation, then Hyperion was well chosen.†   (source)
  • In the spring of 1953 a large British team, organized with the righteous zeal and overpowering resources of a military campaign, became the third expedtion to attempt Everest from Nepal.†   (source)
  • Chris, she confesses, used to poke fun at her capitalist zeal by calling her the duchess of York, Ivana Trump McCandless, and "a rising successor to Leona Helmsley."†   (source)
  • But there was no hard evidence against him; not even the zeal of the headmaster could put the blame for the demolished Beetle on Owen Meany.†   (source)
  • He was embarrassed by his mother's lack of patriotic zeal; it may have been the only time he argued with anyone, but he won the argument—he got to go to Vietnam, where he was killed by one of the poisonous snakes of that region.†   (source)
  • If they started questioning her dad, he'd get cranked up and come looking for her, which he'll do anyway, but maybe with a little less zeal.†   (source)
  • In their zeal to demonstrate their knowledge of appropriate passages from the Bible, neither minister had offered my mother and Dan that most reassuring blessing from Tobit—the one that goes, "That she and I may grow old together."†   (source)
  • Whereas the Rev. Mr. Merrill had heeded his calling as a young man—he had always been in, and of, the church—the Rev. Mr. Wiggin was a former airline pilot; some difficulty with his eyesight had forced his early retirement from the skies, and he had descended to our wary town with a newfound fervor—the zeal of the convert giving him the healthy but frantic appearance of one of those "elder" citizens who persist in entering vigorous sporting competitions in the over-fifty category.†   (source)
  • The Rev. Mr. Larkin is as quick to be gone from a conversation as he is quick with the communion cup; and our priest associate, the Rev. Mr. Foster—although he burns with missionary zeal—is impatient with the fretting of a middle-aged man like myself, who lives in such comfort in the Forest Hill part of town.†   (source)
  • Typically, the town newspaper, The Gravesend News-Letter, did not editorialize on the event, except to say that a march against mayhem on the nation's highways would be a more significant use of such civilian zeal; as for the academy newspaper, The Grave reported that it was "about time" the school and the town combined forces to demonstrate against the evil war.†   (source)
  • By order of Nasuada, the patch was always left open for Saphira's use, a dictate that the Varden observed with religious zeal.†   (source)
  • "He had prepared himself apparently with great labor and ardent zeal," Adams would recall admiringly.†   (source)
  • His goal was to re-create the zeal that had allowed Islam's earliest followers to conquer half of the known world.†   (source)
  • Neither the zeal of the police nor Severo's own investigation, which was carried out with the help of a private detective he engaged, shed any light on the identity of the assassin, and the shadow of suspended vengeance has continued to hang over succeeding generations.†   (source)
  • Mercy Warren, the wife of James Warren and an author, would write in her own history of the American Revolution that there were perhaps "no people on earth in whom a spirit of enthusiastic zeal is so readily kindled, and burns so remarkably, as among Americans."†   (source)
  • And maybe Cox, when he found himself working for a captain who held compulsory prayer meetings three times a day, was filled with a different kind of zeal, which would have been black with flames around the edges.†   (source)
  • Hazel, who was ready to accept advice from anybody when he thought it was good, listened to most of what he said and was content to leave it to Bigwig—for whom, naturally, Blackavar entertained a tremendous respect—to see that he did not overreach himself in his warm-hearted, rather candid zeal.†   (source)
  • Some time back, in its zeal to collect those fees, this very hospital, the place where Deo had trained, applied the policy to corpses.†   (source)
  • We decided to go to the ha ram the tomb, immediately, partly out of religious zeal and partly to escape the hotel.†   (source)
  • In their zeal to avoid resurrecting the sport's reputation for chicanery, they tried to bury the incident.†   (source)
  • I fear immoderate zeal, Christian, Moslem, Communist, or whatever, because it restricts the range of human understanding and the wise reconciliation of human differences, and creates an orthodoxy with a sword in its hand.†   (source)
  • For the majority of the Corps, the only sin of the sadist was that he believed in the system too passionately and applied his belief with an overabundant zeal.†   (source)
  • Claudia made this pronouncement with the same fearless zeal that characterized her forays into fishing and farming and everything else.†   (source)
  • Roran knew that mere reason could not persuade anyone to leave; it would require messianic zeal to stir people's emotions, to make them feel in the depths of their hearts the need to relinquish the trappings of their identities and lives.†   (source)
  • Or it might have started that October night in 1962 when JFK severed his ties with Sam Giancana, Frank Sinatra, and the Mafia, then stood back and did nothing as his brother Bobby zealously prosecuted organized crime.†   (source)
  • It is astonishing to see the fire in Felicity's eyes, though somehow I doubt this display is born of a reformer's zeal.†   (source)
  • He was the sophomore guidon corporal and like most sophomores had gone overboard in his zeal to inflict on plebes punishment as intolerable as he had endured the year before.†   (source)
  • His other brethren form up behind him, dancing and somersaulting with the zeal of acrobats at a carnival.†   (source)
  • So he retreated into soccer, practicing by himself in the backyard in Georgia as he had in Austria, often for as long as two hours a day, only now with more zeal.†   (source)
  • Your exertions in the cause of freedom, guided by wisdom and animated by zeal and courage, have gained you the love and confidence of your grateful countrymen; and they look to you, who are experienced veterans, and trust that you will still be the guardians of America.†   (source)
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