Definition of fanatic in English:


Syllabification: fa·nat·ic
Pronunciation: /fəˈnadik


1A person filled with excessive and single-minded zeal, especially for an extreme religious or political cause.
More example sentences
  • 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.
zealot, extremist, militant, dogmatist, devotee, adherent;
sectarian, bigot, partisan, radical, diehard
informal maniac
1.1 [often with modifier] informal A person with an obsessive interest in and enthusiasm for something, especially an activity: a fitness fanatic
More example sentences
  • 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.


[attributive] Back to top  
Filled with or expressing excessive zeal: his fanatic energy
More example sentences
  • 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).



Pronunciation: /fəˈnatəˌsīz/
More 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.

Definition of fanatic in:

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove ads and access premium resources

Word of the day demoralize
Pronunciation: dəˈmôrəˌlīz
cause (someone) to lose confidence or hope; dispirit