V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary



Definition: 1. a person who is very passionate in his or her beliefs, often over the top, especially in religion or politics; 2. an enthusiast or fan of a hobby or activity (less literal use of the word)

Synonyms: maniac, zealot, extremist, cultist


Tips: The related word fanaticism marks the fanatic's excessive intolerance of opposing views. In its more congenial use, a person can be good-naturedly called a "sports fanatic," meaning they really get into sports, but aren't necessarily maniacs about it.

Usage Examples:

Throwing bombs at clinics in the name of religion is certainly fanaticism. (mania, craziness, intolerance) noun

Donít touch those rare coins; your father is a fanatic about his collectibles. (enthusiast, zealot)

Those who commit terrorist acts are religious fanatics, and do not represent the views of rational people. (maniacs, extremists)

He wears nothing but green and yellow because he is such Green Bay Packers fanatic. (extreme fan, maniac)

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