Watered-down Definitions for Wednesday: Zeal

How strong is the correlation between “zealous” and “jealous”? Find out how I make the connection with “zeal,” on this week’s Watered-down Definition for Wednesday. 

Word: Zeal 

Watered-down Definition: Zeal is extreme eagerness or enthusiasm for something.

Origin(s): One must turn back to the 1300s, when zeal began to be used. The word’s Late Latin origin, zelus is linked to the Greek, zēlos (ardor, jealousy), which was also known for its surprisingly positive connotation (Think: rivalry, emulation).  Apparently, the correlation between zeal and jealous is exposed when stumbling upon, zēlos!

Jealousy. (n.d.). Etymonline.com. Retrieved October 2, 2013, from http://etymonline.com/index.php?allowed_in_frame=0&search=jealous&searchmode=none
Zeal. (n.d.). Etymonline.com. Retrieved October 2, 2013, from http://etymonline.com/?term=zeal
Zeal. (n.d.). Merriam-Webster.com. Retrieved October 1, 2013, from http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/zeal

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