zen

  1. street name for lysergic acid diethylamide

    Synonyms : acid, back breaker, battery-acid, dose, dot, elvis, loony toons, lucy in the sky with diamonds, pane, superman, window pane
    Type Of : lsd, lysergic acid diethylamide
  2. a Buddhist doctrine that enlightenment can be attained through direct intuitive insight

    Synonyms : zen buddhism
    Type Of : buddhism
  3. school of Mahayana Buddhism asserting that enlightenment can come through meditation and intuition rather than faith; China and Japan

    Synonyms : zen buddhism
    Type Of : buddhism

zoology

  1. the branch of biology that studies animals

    Synonyms : zoological science
    Type Of : biology, biological science
  2. all the animal life in a particular region or period

    Synonyms : fauna
    Type Of : collection, aggregation, assemblage, accumulation
    Examples :
    • the zoology of the Pliocene epoch

zealous

  1. marked by active interest and enthusiasm

    Synonyms : avid

zealots

  1. a fervent and even militant proponent of something

    Synonyms : drumbeater, partisan
    Type Of : proponent, advocator, exponent, advocate
  2. a member of an ancient Jewish sect in Judea in the first century who fought to the death against the Romans and who killed or persecuted Jews who collaborated with the Romans

    Type Of : jew, hebrew, israelite

zeitgeist

  1. the spirit of the time; the spirit characteristic of an age or generation

    Type Of : feel, feeling, flavor, flavour, look, smell, spirit, tone

zenith

  1. the point above the observer that is directly opposite the nadir on the imaginary sphere against which celestial bodies appear to be projected

    Antonyms : nadir
    Type Of : celestial point

zealot

  1. a fervent and even militant proponent of something

    Synonyms : drumbeater, partisan
    Type Of : proponent, advocator, exponent, advocate
  2. a member of an ancient Jewish sect in Judea in the first century who fought to the death against the Romans and who killed or persecuted Jews who collaborated with the Romans

    Type Of : jew, hebrew, israelite

zeal

  1. prompt willingness

    Synonyms : eagerness, forwardness, readiness
    Type Of : willingness
    Examples :
    • they disliked his zeal in demonstrating his superiority
  2. a feeling of strong eagerness (usually in favor of a person or cause)

    Synonyms : ardor, ardour, elan
    Type Of : eagerness, avidity, avidness, keenness
    Examples :
    • he felt a kind of religious zeal
  3. excessive fervor to do something or accomplish some end

    Type Of : fervor, fervour, fire, ardor, ardour, fervency, fervidness
    Examples :
    • he had an absolute zeal for litigation

zany

  1. a man who is a stupid incompetent fool

    Synonyms : bozo, cuckoo, fathead, goof, goofball, goose, jackass, twat
    Type Of : muggins, fool, sap, saphead, tomfool
  2. ludicrous, foolish

    Synonyms : goofy, silly, wacky, whacky
  3. like a clown

    Synonyms : buffoonish, clownish, clownlike
    Examples :
    • a zany sense of humor
  4. a buffoon in one of the old comedies; imitates others for ludicrous effect

    Type Of : goofball, merry andrew, buffoon, clown, goof