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[ fuh-nat-i-kuhl ]


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

    Synonyms: rabid, frenzied, zealous, enthusiastic


/ fəˈnætɪkəl /


  1. surpassing what is normal or accepted in enthusiasm for or belief in something; excessively or unusually dedicated or devoted

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Derived Forms

  • faˈnatically, adverb

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Other Words From

  • fa·nati·cal·ly adverb
  • fa·nati·cal·ness noun
  • nonfa·nati·cal adjective
  • nonfa·nati·cal·ly adverb
  • unfa·nati·cal adjective
  • unfa·nati·cal·ly adverb

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Word History and Origins

Origin of fanatical1

First recorded in 1540–50; fanatic + -al 1

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Example Sentences

ISU is exclusive, cult-like and reserved for the most fanatical regime supporters.

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She said she came to recognize the legal system possessed a “fanatical dedication” to preserving a conviction.

Unlike when naming the latest tech startup, there is fanatical attachment to the original team name.

These fanatical groups wish to create fundamentalist enclaves in which some version of Sharia law will prevail.

His is a fanbase so fanatical that even those pretending to be him are mobbed and celebrated.

The foreign fighters are often the most fanatical on the battlefield.

Having seen the finished product, I doubt that anyone but the most fanatical fundamentalists will object.

It was a product of Republican brinksmanship over the debt ceiling, and a near-fanatical desire for spending cuts.

The standard of the Prophet was raised in the bazaar and a fanatical mob rallied round it.

His duties as Pipe-master, Hennemann discharged with great fidelity; yea, even with genuine fanatical zeal.

Blind faith in a religion, fanatical zeal for a religion, are too common to astonish us.

But a fanatical or parricide priest is not incited in this way; heaven is held out to him, and not a woman.

The fanatical Fra Rupert and the low, vile-tongued Catanaise are not tragic characters.


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More About Fanatical

What does fanatical mean?

Fanatical means having and being motivated by an extreme and often unquestioning enthusiasm, devotion, or zeal for something, such as a religion, political stance, or cause.

A person who shows such extreme enthusiasm or devotion is called a fanatic. Sometimes, fanatic is used negatively to imply that someone takes such devotion too far, as in They’re considered religious fanatics due to their extreme practices. Close synonyms are extremist, radical, and zealot.

Other times, fanatic is not used negatively but instead simply refers to someone who is extreme in their devotion or enthusiasm for an interest or hobby. For example, calling someone a sports fanatic means they’re an extremely enthusiastic fan of sports. In fact, the word fan is a shortening of fanatic.

Fanatical can be used to describe either a kind of fanatic or such a person’s beliefs or behavior.

Example: We dismiss these extreme beliefs by calling them fanatical, but they may be more widespread than we think.

Where does fanatical come from?

The first records of the word fanatical come from the mid-1500s. The suffix -al makes it the adjective form of fanatic, which comes from the Latin fānāticus, meaning “pertaining to a temple, inspired by divinity, frantic.”

The devotion and enthusiasm of a fanatic goes beyond normal interest. It’s intense, extreme, and often unconditional, meaning it will probably continue no matter what—even in spite of evidence that such fanatical beliefs are wrong or dangerous.

Even when fanatic is not used in a negative way and simply refers to a fan, it often implies that someone is a die-hard fan who will continue to support the subject of their fanatical fandom no matter what.

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What are some other forms related to fanatical?

  • fanatically (adverb)
  • fanatic (noun, adjective)

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How is fanatical used in real life?

Fanatical is usually used negatively, especially in the context of religion and politics.



Try using fanatical!

Which of the following words is NOT a synonym of fanatical?

A. frenzied
B. zealous
C. mild
D. zealous