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Elan   /ˈilən/   Listen
Elan

noun
1.
A feeling of strong eagerness (usually in favor of a person or cause).  Synonyms: ardor, ardour, zeal.  "He felt a kind of religious zeal"
2.
Distinctive and stylish elegance.  Synonyms: dash, flair, panache, style.
3.
Enthusiastic and assured vigor and liveliness.



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"Elan" Quotes from Famous Books



... it as tightly as possible. Continually under the fire of the opposing batteries, he is yet never allowed to get a glimpse of the enemy. Exposed to all the dangers of war, but with none of its enthusiasm or splendid elan, he is condemned to sit like an animal in its burrow, and hear the shells whistle over his head, and take their little daily ...
— Poems • Alan Seeger

... There is no word in the English language more stirring, more intimate, or more beloved. It has in it all the elan of the old French phrase, En avant! It carries all of the old Saxon command, Forward!! It means all that America ever meant. It means the old hope of a real personal liberty, and yet a real human advance in character ...
— The Passing of the Frontier - A Chronicle of the Old West, Volume 26 in The Chronicles - Of America Series • Emerson Hough

... at smoking fires looked at one another in silence, or would not look at all. Elan, morale, esprit de ...
— The Covered Wagon • Emerson Hough

... appears to be the meaning, and refers to the road, mentioned in the last letter, by the Valley of Elan—less easy than that ...
— Egyptian Literature



Words linked to "Elan" :   life, liveliness, elegance, avidity, flair, eagerness, keenness, avidness, ardor, sprightliness, spirit



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