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enthusiast

Syllabification: en·thu·si·ast
Pronunciation: /inˈTH(y)o͞ozēˌast
 
, enˈTH(y)o͞ozēˌast
 
/

Definition of enthusiast in English:

noun

1A person who is highly interested in a particular activity or subject: a sports car enthusiast
More example sentences
  • Unless you are an enthusiast for such things, these annual events don't have a ‘wow’ factor.
  • He had been a long-standing enthusiast for home rule at a time when it merely served to reinforce his marginal status in the party.
  • A breathless enthusiast for the wired world, he writes well enough to take happy Luddites such as me along with him.
Synonyms
1.1 archaic derogatory A person of intense and visionary Christian views.

Origin

early 17th century (denoting a person believing that he or she is divinely inspired): from French enthousiaste or ecclesiastical Latin enthusiastes 'member of a heretical sect', from Greek enthousiastēs 'person inspired by a god', from the adjective enthous (see enthusiasm).

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