• IPA: /ɪnˈθjuːzɪæz(ə)m/, /ɛn-/
  • (yod dropping) IPA: /-θuː-/


  1. (obsolete or historical) Possession by a god; divine inspiration or frenzy.
  2. Intensity of feeling; excited interest or eagerness.
  3. Something in which one is keenly interested.
    • 1968, Central States Archaeological Journal (volumes 15-16, page 154)
      My main enthusiasm is attending and seeing the progress and interest of collectors, to meet old friends, and hopefully to make new friends.
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