- motivated or characterized by an extreme, uncritical enthusiasm or zeal, as in religion or politics.
Origin of fanatical
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enthusiastic, zealous, frenzied, rabid.
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Examples from the Web for fanatical
These fanatical groups wish to create fundamentalist enclaves in which some version of Sharia law will prevail.Can We Lose the Violent Muslim Cliché?
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His is a fanbase so fanatical that even those pretending to be him are mobbed and celebrated.This Charming Man: Meet 'Ronnissey,' Brooklyn's Fake Morrissey
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The foreign fighters are often the most fanatical on the battlefield.Syria’s Terror Blowback Threatens Europe and the United States
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Having seen the finished product, I doubt that anyone but the most fanatical fundamentalists will object.‘Noah’ Review: An Ambitious, Flawed Biblical Tale That You Have to See
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Viva, for their part, consider FXers to be poor and fanatical.My Week At An Austrian Fat Camp
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They are fanatical because of their purity of doctrine, and withal because they live in Nejd.
I know the people of this City: they are ignorant, obtuse, fanatical, 313 blind.
He is zealous but not fanatical, but equally superstitious as devout.Memoirs of the Court of St. Cloud, Complete
Just our luck, the men finding a fanatical firebrand like Roberts for leader.Strife (First Series Plays)
The joy of the priests rose to the highest pitch of fanatical fervor.Henry IV, Makers of History
John S. C. Abbott
- surpassing what is normal or accepted in enthusiasm for or belief in something; excessively or unusually dedicated or devoted
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Word Origin and History for fanatical
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