fanatic

[ fuh-nat-ik ]
/ fəˈnæt ɪk /

noun

a person with an extreme and uncritical enthusiasm or zeal, as in religion or politics.

adjective

Origin of fanatic

1515–25; < Latin fānāticus pertaining to a temple, inspired by orgiastic rites, frantic, equivalent to fān(um) temple + -āticus, equivalent to -āt(us) -ate1 + -icus -ic

SYNONYMS FOR fanatic

1 enthusiast, zealot, bigot, hothead, militant. Fanatic, zealot, militant, devotee refer to persons showing more than ordinary support for, adherence to, or interest in a cause, point of view, or activity. Fanatic and zealot both suggest excessive or overweening devotion to a cause or belief. Fanatic further implies unbalanced or obsessive behavior: a wild-eyed fanatic. Zealot, only slightly less unfavorable in implication than fanatic, implies single-minded partisanship: a tireless zealot for tax reform. Militant stresses vigorous, aggressive support for or opposition to a plan or ideal and suggests a combative stance. Devotee is a milder term than any of the foregoing, suggesting enthusiasm but not to the exclusion of other interests or possible points of view: a jazz devotee.

OTHER WORDS FROM fanatic

non·fa·nat·ic, noun, adjective

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH fanatic

fanatic frantic frenetic (see synonym study at the current entry)fanatic phonetic
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British Dictionary definitions for fanatic

fanatic
/ (fəˈnætɪk) /

noun

a person whose enthusiasm or zeal for something is extreme or beyond normal limits
informal a person devoted to a particular hobby or pastime; fana jazz fanatic

adjective

a variant of fanatical

Word Origin for fanatic

C16: from Latin fānāticus belonging to a temple, hence, inspired by a god, frenzied, from fānum temple
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