fanatic

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First attested in 1525. From Latin fānāticus (of a temple, divinely inspired, frenzied), from fānum (temple). Influenced by French fanatique.

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fanatic (comparative more fanatic, superlative most fanatic)

  1. Fanatical.
    • T. Moore
      But Faith, fanatic Faith, once wedded fast / To some dear falsehood, hugs it to the last.
  2. (obsolete) Showing evidence of possession by a god or demon; frenzied, overzealous.

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fanatic (plural fanatics)

  1. A person who is zealously enthusiastic for some cause, especially in religion.

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  • A zealot can't change his mind. A fanatic can't change his mind and won't change the subject. —Winston Churchill (attributed)
  • A fanatic is one who redoubles his effort when he has forgotten his aim. —George Santayana