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noun 
  1. (context, obsolete, or, historical) possession, Possession by a god; divine inspiration or frenzy.
    • 1946: The intoxication that they sought was that of "", of union with the god. " Bertrand Russell, History of Western Philosophy, ch. 1
      1. Intensity of feeling; excited interest or eagerness.
Translations: 
  • Dutch: enthousiasme , geestdrift
  • French: enthousiasme
  • German: Begeisterung , Enthusiasmus
  • Italian: entusiasmo
    (trans-mid)
  • Spanish: entusiasmo
Etymology: First attested from w:1603, 1603, from Ancient Greek (polytonic, á), from (polytonic, á) "possessed by a god", from (polytonic, á-) "in" + (polytonic, ) "god".


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