FOR LEXICAL ALIMENTATION, TAKE THIS WORD OF THE DAY QUIZ!
Words nearby fanaticism
What does fanaticism mean?
Fanaticism is an extreme and often unquestioning enthusiasm, devotion, or zeal for something, such as a religion, political stance, or cause. It can also refer to behavior motivated by such enthusiasm or devotion.
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.
Fanaticism can be used in reference to either kind of fanatic.
Example: We dismiss it as fanaticism, but this belief system may be more widespread than we think.
Where does fanaticism come from?
The first records of the word fanaticism come from the early 1700s. The base word, fanatic, comes from the Latin fānāticus, meaning “pertaining to a temple, inspired by divinity, frantic.” The suffix -ism refers to a doctrine or practice.
The devotion and enthusiasm of a fanatic goes beyond normal interest. Fanaticism is 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 in their fanaticism no matter what.
Did you know ... ?
What are some other forms related to fanaticism?
- fanatic (noun, adjective)
What are some synonyms for fanaticism?
What are some words that share a root or word element with fanaticism?
What are some words that often get used in discussing fanaticism?
How is fanaticism used in real life?
The word fanaticism is usually used negatively, especially in the context of religion and politics.
These people seem wired to adore charismatics, discount facts, and deny truth, even when it's staring them in the face. When their idols fall, there's no outrage or disillusionment and no demands for accountability. Is this extreme brainwashing? Is it religious fanaticism? https://t.co/BdHVI4ZJr8
— Keri Haberer (@standupforsense) August 31, 2020
Fixed opinions are the purview of fanatics. We see more and more examples of the result of fanaticism and the actions of terrorists both abroad and local. Yet we fail to see the destructive nature of nationalism, not as it is, a fanatical fixed opinion, but considered patriotism.
— Kameron Kizzar (@KameronKizzar) August 27, 2020
If you enjoyed this season of "Dave," learn about the Philadelphia sports fanaticism of Dave Burd (a.k.a. Lil Dicky): https://t.co/2BmmtXTsqe
— Zach Berman (@ZBerm) May 1, 2020
Try using fanaticism!
Which of the following words is NOT a synonym of fanaticism?
Example sentences from the Web for fanaticism
In short, these "solutions" represent neither principles nor pragmatism, and instead reflect dangerous phantasms and fanaticism.
And to respond to fanaticism in kind, to give in to its death urges, is to be complicit with it—deeply complicit.
Notice how central the issues of termperament and fanaticism are to Frum's critique.
So the basis for backing a liar is the greater cynicism and fanaticism of the GOP.
His fanaticism was so intense that he was thought to be a government agent and not welcomed into the anarchist circles.
For here again, most unexpectedly, comes antique Fanaticism in new and newest vesture; miraculous, as all Fanaticism is.The French Revolution|Thomas Carlyle
The reaction caused by this final98 outburst of fanaticism must have been fatal to the temple.Pagan and Christian Rome|Rodolfo Lanciani
The fanaticism which would impose words by force is not an ardent but a blind faith.The Heavenly Father|Ernest Naville
It was admirably calculated to kindle the flame of fanaticism, and frequently served as the trumpet to rebellion.Curiosities of Literature, Vol. II (of 3)|Isaac Disraeli
Fanaticism, which feels its weakness and implores the arm of authority, despite itself, acknowledges its defeat.