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Zea'lous. adj. [from zeal.] Ardently passionate in any cause.

Our hearts are right with God, and our intentions pious, if we act our temporal affairs with a desire no greater than our necessity, and in actions of religion we be zealous, active, and operative, so far as prudence will permit. Taylor.

This day, at height of noon, came to my sphere,
A spirit, zealous, as he seem'd to know
More of the Almighty's works.
Milton's Paradise Lost.

We should be not only devout towards God, but zealous towards men; endeavouring by all prudent means to recover them out of those snares of the devil, whereby they are taken captive. Decay of Piety.

It is not at all good to be zealous against any person, but only against their crimes. It is better to be zealous for things than for persons: but then it should be only for good things; a rule that does certainly exclude all manner of zeal for ill things, all manner of zeal for little things. Sprat's Sermons.

Being instructed only in the general, and zealous in the main design; and as finite beings, not admitted into the secrets of government, the last resorts of providence, or capable of discovering the final purposes of God, they must be sometimes ignorant of the means conducing to those ends in which alone they can oppose each other. Dryden.

Sources: Allestree, Richard (89) · Dryden, John (788) · Milton, John (449) · Sprat, Thomas (20) · Taylor, Jeremy (57)

Attributes: Adjective (426)

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