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Elan   /ˈilən/   Listen

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

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"Elan" Quotes from Famous Books

... of every creature a steady stream of energy. Scientists have not been able to decide on a descriptive term for this all-important life-force. It has been variously called "libido," "vital impulse" or "elan vital," "the spirit of life," "horme," and "creative energy." The chief business of this life-force seems to be the preservation and development of the individual and the preservation and development of the race. In the service of these two needs have grown up ...
— Outwitting Our Nerves - A Primer of Psychotherapy • Josephine A. Jackson and Helen M. Salisbury

... and long while he held it, Ancient and war-eager, o'er the glad Scyldings: Of his body four bairns are forth to him rimed; Into the world woke the leader of war-hosts 60 Heorogar; eke Hrothgar, and Halga the good; Heard I that Elan queen was she of Ongentheow, That Scylding of battle, the bed-mate behalsed. Then was unto Hrothgar the war-speed given, Such worship of war that his kin and well-willers Well hearken'd his will till the younglings ...
— The Tale of Beowulf - Sometime King of the Folk of the Weder Geats • Anonymous

... a wild garment that still carries nobly the name of a wild Highland clan: a elan come from those hills where rain is not so much an incident as an atmosphere. Surely every man of imagination must feel a tempestuous flame of Celtic romance spring up within him whenever he puts on a mackintosh. I could never ...
— A Miscellany of Men • G. K. Chesterton

... of affection between these two—first and last of a family of six—was enhanced by their very unlikeness. Lance had the elan of a torrent; Paul the stillness and depth of a mountain lake. Lance was a rapier; Paul a claymore—slow to smite, formidable when roused. Both were natural leaders of men; both, it need hardly be added, 'Piffers'[3] in the grain. They had only returned in March from active service, ...
— Far to Seek - A Romance of England and India • Maud Diver

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

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