fanatical

[ fuh-nat-i-kuhl ]
/ fəˈnæt ɪ kəl /

adjective

motivated or characterized by an extreme, uncritical enthusiasm or zeal, as in religion or politics.
Also fanatic.

Origin of fanatical

First recorded in 1540–50; fanatic + -al1
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fanatical

/ (fəˈnætɪkəl) /

adjective

surpassing what is normal or accepted in enthusiasm for or belief in something; excessively or unusually dedicated or devoted
Derived Formsfanatically, adverb
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Word Origin and History for fanatical

fanatical


adj.

1540s, from fanatic + -al (1). Related: Fanatically.

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