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  1. undue or excessive zeal; fanaticism.
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Origin of zealotry

First recorded in 1650–60; zealot + -ry
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Related Words for zealotry

fanaticism, nationalism, jingoism, intolerance, zeal, bigotry, hatred, extremism, zealotry, narrowness, madness, abandonment, dogma, unruliness, bias, infatuation, transport, stubbornness, obstinacy, passion

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Historical Examples of zealotry

  • Those cursed Jesuits, zealous with the zealotry of a new order!

  • He snorted aloud with zealotry and the lust for intellectual battle.

    Essays of Travel

    Robert Louis Stevenson

  • This faction was as blind in its zealotry in favor of Johnston, as in its prejudice against Davis.

British Dictionary definitions for zealotry


  1. extreme or excessive zeal or devotion
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Word Origin and History for zealotry


1650s, from zealot + -ry.

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