enthusiast

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From Ancient Greek ἐνθουσιαστής (enthousiastḗs, an enthusiast, a zealot), from ἐνθουσιάζειν (enthousiázein, (intransitive) be inspired or possessed by a god, be rapt, be in ecstasy, (transitive) inspire): see enthusiasm.

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enthusiast (plural enthusiasts)

  1. A person filled with or guided by enthusiasm.
    • 1834, Letitia Elizabeth Landon, Francesca Carrara, volume 3, page 28:
      But Charles Aubyn (for it was he) had, like most enthusiasts, overcalculated the influence of his eloquence; surprise had alone procured him a hearing, and the bold cavaliers around were little in the mood for a homily.
    Synonyms: addict, aficionado, amateur, fancier, fan, fanatic, fiend, freak, geek, junkie, rooter, maniac, partisan, (computing) power user, (marketing) prosumer, zealot
  2. (archaic) A person exhibiting over-zealous religious fervour.

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