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.
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- fanatic (noun, adjective)
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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
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How to use fanaticism in a sentence
The vast majority of my personal acquaintances are non-runners, in the sense that, for them, anything beyond occasionally doing a light jog or taking part in a Thanksgiving 5K is a clear sign of unhinged fanaticism.The Barkley Marathons and the Allure of Discomfort|Martin Fritz Huber|April 23, 2021|Outside Online
This all changed when the state-supported wave of religious fanaticism struck our society.Saudi Activist Manal Al-Sharif on Why She Removed the Veil|Manal Al Sharif, Advancing Human Rights|October 30, 2014|DAILY BEAST
A Muslim cleric from France hopes to unite Muslims, Christians and Jews in the fight against 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.
The region is being roiled by religious fanaticism; Palestinians read the papers.
The wave of religious fanaticism sweeping over the land might recede as rapidly as it had risen.The Red Year|Louis Tracy
The abbey was founded by William the Lion in 1178, but war, fire and fanaticism have left it sadly fragmentary.British Highways And Byways From A Motor Car|Thomas D. Murphy
Against plays, players, and playgoers they waged in pulpit and pamphlet a warfare characterized by the most intense fanaticism.Shakespearean Playhouses|Joseph Quincy Adams
But no story is too absurd to be imposed on minds blinded by religious and political fanaticism.The History of England from the Accession of James II.|Thomas Babington Macaulay
In short, he knows little of the human mind who does not know that fanaticism renders the populace capable of anything.A Philosophical Dictionary, Volume 1 (of 10)|Franois-Marie Arouet (AKA Voltaire)