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Zeal (Gk., zelos, ‘be hot, boil’). Enthusiasm which may become intemperate, and thus an ambiguous religious emotion. The Septuagint used zelos to translate Heb., qana, ‘to be dyed red’, which expresses the visible change of appearance of those under strong emotion. In Jewish scripture, the zeal of God expresses his involvement in his chosen people, and this zeal may be expressed as anger or mercy. Conversely, people are full of zeal for God, (Psalm 69. 5), but zealots are not unambiguously good people. In the New Testament, the same ambiguity continues: Paul regarded himself as a zealot for the traditions of Judaism when he tried to destroy the new movement which became Christianity (Galatians 1. 14), and zelos (or zeloi in the plural) are included in his list of vices in Galatians 5. 20 and 2 Corinthians 12. 21. Yet equally, he praises the Christians at Corinth for their zeal for the good of others.

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711. Zeal

  1. Bows, Mr. crippled fiddler with intense feelings. [Br. Lit.: Pendennis ]
  2. Cedric of Rotherwood zealous about restoring Saxon independence. [Br. Lit.: Ivanhoe ]
  3. Faustus, Doctor zealous for universal knowledge; sells soul to Lucifer. [Medieval Legend and Ger. Lit.: Faust ; Br. Lit.: Doctor Faustus ]
  4. flaming heart attribute of St. Augustine; symbol of religious fervor. [Art: Hall, 123]
  5. Merridew, Jack boy with lust for authority and killing. [Brit. Lit.: Lord of the Flies ]
  6. Olsen, Jimmy eager-beaver cub reporter and Supermans friend. [Comics: Superman in Horn, 341]
  7. Palace Guard term used in alluding to Richard Nixons zealous, ardent staff, with reference to Watergate and cover-up. [Am. Pop. Culture: Misc.]
  8. white dittany traditional symbol of zeal. [Flower Symbolism: Flora Symbolica, 173]

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zeal (in biblical language) fervour XIV; †ardent love, fervent longing XV; intense ardour in a pursuit XVI. ME. zele — late L. zēlus — Gr. zêlos.
So zealot member of an ancient Jewish sect XVI; zealous person XVII. — late L. zēlōtēs — Gr. zēlōtḗs. zealous XVI. — medL. zēlōsus.

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zeal / zēl/ • n. great energy or enthusiasm in pursuit of a cause or an objective: his zeal for privatization.

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Zeal

of zebras: zebras collectively.

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