There are 2 main definitions of fad in English:


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1An intense and widely shared enthusiasm for something, especially one that is short-lived; a craze: some regard green politics as no more than the latest fad
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  • What started off as a fad among stamp enthusiasts has now grown into a veritable cult.
  • It is really quite wonderful, and I truly hope it is the beginning of a trend, not a short-lived fad.
  • Unlike more transitory fads and fashions, however, financial manias and panics have real and lasting economic consequences.
craze, vogue, trend, fashion, mode, enthusiasm, passion, infatuation, love, obsession, mania, rage, compulsion, fixation, fetish, weakness, fancy, taste, novelty, whim, fascination, preoccupation
informal thing, latest
1.1An arbitrary like or dislike: his fads about the type of coffee he must have
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  • And it really offends me when people assume my choice is made out of a fad or lack of research.
  • Where do these seemingly arbitrary fads come from?
  • "It's a sort of fad of his to eat nothing but fish, and he's very proud of catching his own."


mid 19th century (originally dialect): probably the second element of fidfad, contraction of fiddle-faddle. Compare with faddy.



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  • At the age of 18, after she appeared on the cover of Italian Vogue with a monk-like red crop and no eyebrows, she was dubbed ‘Le Freak’ and hailed as the frontrunner for a faddish new concept in beauty - the ugly model.
  • It was generally the younger trendier folk, the ones who wander around in chocolate coloured trainers on dress-down Fridays, but this new faddish footwear had permeated my workplace without me noticing.
  • This rather faddish enthusiasm for Monet during the 1970s matured into the deep-rooted and near-universal approval that greets any mention of Monet's name today.


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  • After a viewing of the film, I was tempted to write the director off as a charlatan, a faddishly cynical artist.
  • Melatonin, a powerful, poorly understood hormone faddishly popular as a sleep aid, may in fact be the last thing you should take if you want a restful night.
  • Although assailed by some for being too canonical and by others for faddishly expanding the reading list, the anthology has prevailed over the years.


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  • Suw equates the faddishness of social network offerings with the Rubik's Cube, which came and went once people got bored with twisting the object without getting anywhere.
  • Knowing that she is not a fashionable writer has only made it easier to be loyal to her particular form of truth telling: She scorns faddishness, and deploys, in its place, a relentless moral scrutiny.
  • ‘What can happen very often is that things become trendy, and there is a certain faddishness in the [cordial] category,’ he says.


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  • As one of the speakers promises, it will help manufacturers fight all those ‘nonessential’ demands from consumers to know what exactly they are eating - demands stemming simply from ‘curiosity, faddism and activists’.
  • Food faddism in California has reached new heights with reported outbreaks of ‘orthorexia’ - an enthusiasm for ‘pure’ eating that ranges from raw vegetable abuse to people who insist on ordering lunch in a particular colour.
  • When the National Commission on Excellence in Education began its deliberations in 1981, the public was already reacting against the pedagogical faddism and extremism of the 1970s.


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  • But educational faddists are pushing hard to reduce or even eliminate homework from grammar and secondary schools.
  • She liked butter and said that faddists who wanted to cut it completely out of people's diets were ‘stupid.’
  • There are food faddists, and quacks in the medical field, and persons who oppose fluoridation of water.

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