zelo-, zel-; zeal-
(Greek > Latin: ardor, fervor; jealousy, jealous)
Etymologically, jealousy and zeal came from the same source. Both originally came from Greek zelos. This passed into post-classical Latin as zelus, which later produced the adjective zelosus. Old French incorporated this as gelos or jelous and passed it on to English.
The Greek word denoted "jealousy" and "fervor, enthusiasm", and it is this strand of meaning that has come down to us as jealous. Jalousie was the French equivalent of jealousy. Most of the words that became distinctive terms for "jealousy" were originally used in a good sense of "zeal" and "emulation".
2. A sister in a convent in charge of checking on conduct of other nuns.
2. An excessive zeal or a passionate pursuit of a cause, to the point of causing illness.
3. Excessive zeal, carried to the point of morbidity, in the advocacy of any cause.
4. A morbid perseverance and energy in working on a project; especially, a political or religious activity.
A form of monomania sometimes manifesting itself in over zeal in attempts to gain supporters to some public cause.5. Etymology: from Greek zelotypia, "rivalry, envy"; from zelos, "zeal", + typto, "to strike". If you put the two words together, you get "strike (with) zeal".