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enthusiasm

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You never enjoy the world aright, till the sea itself floweth in your veins, till you are clothed with the heavens and crowned with the stars.
Thomas Traherne
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First attested from 1603, from Ancient Greek ἐνθουσιασμός, from ἔνθεος ‘possessed by a god’, from ἐν- ‘in’ + θεός ‘god’.

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  1. (Template loop detected: Template:context 1) Possession by a god; divine inspiration or frenzy.
    • 1946, Bertrand Russell, History of Western Philosophy, ch. 1
      The intoxication that they sought was that of ‘enthusiasm’, of union with the god.
  2. Intensity of feeling; excited interest or eagerness.

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