Definition of fanatic in English:
- Much to the chagrin of my room-mates, come election time I will roam around extolling the necessity of voting with the zeal of a religious fanatic.
- The extreme right wing religious fanatics truly scare me beyond belief.
- Wesley's eyes glint with a religious fanatic's zeal.
- Andy, whose first column begins today, says you don't need to become a fitness fanatic to reap the benefits of better health.
- Owned by sports fanatic Paul Allen, ‘Sporting News’ caters to the passionate fan.
- ‘Cinderella Man’ was written by New York lawyer and boxing fanatic Michael DeLise.
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- But at all times, a clear distinction must be held between Muslims and fanatic nihilists, for the former desire the furtherment of society, while the latter do not believe in society at all.
- By razing the Babri masjid to the ground first and then doing ‘ethnic cleansing’ in Gujarat, fanatic Hindus have brought the genie of Hindutva out of the bottle.
- Something which has started in Chechnya during the first war was already pointing in the direction of fanatic fundamentalist, global Islamist resistance.
Mid 16th century (as an adjective): from French fanatique or Latin fanaticus 'of a temple, inspired by a god', from fanum 'temple'. The adjective originally described behavior or speech that might result from possession by a god or demon, hence the earliest sense of the noun 'a religious maniac' (mid 17th century).
- Example sentences
- As the nation ate breakfast on Sunday, its emotions ran the gamut from vengeful anger to violent jubilation, from one extreme to the other of the fanaticized political spectrum.
- Faced with fanaticized masses, the modern world has long clung to the view that it was dealing with the peculiarities of backward societies.
- Secret clubs of Rome, especially the "Circolo Romano", under the direction of Ciceruacchio, fanaticized the mob with their radicalism and were the real rulers of Rome.
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