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fanaticism

[fuh-nat-uh-sahyz-uh m] /fəˈnæt əˌsaɪz əm/
noun
1.
fanatical character, spirit, or conduct.
Origin of fanaticism
1705-1715
1705-15; fanatic + -ism
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  • Never had the new-comer seen a concourse so wrought upon by fanaticism; never had he seen a concourse so peculiarly constituted.

  • Georgiana, my dear, you are an abolitionist,—your talk is fanaticism!

    Clotelle William Wells Brown
  • Much may be laid to fanaticism, and the mental derangement which it either produced or evinced.

  • There is a wild interest which actuates the chamois-hunter, amounting to fanaticism.

    Foot-prints of Travel Maturin M. Ballou
  • We have already traced the destruction of the Cross at Banbury to the leaven of fanaticism.

British Dictionary definitions for fanaticism

fanaticism

/fəˈnætɪˌsɪzəm/
noun
1.
wildly excessive or irrational devotion, dedication, or enthusiasm
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Word Origin and History for fanaticism
n.

1650s, from fanatic + -ism.

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