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.
- (General American, Canada) IPA(key): /ɪnˈθʉu̯.ziˌəst/, /-θuː-/, /-æst/
- (Received Pronunciation, Ireland) IPA(key): /ɪnˈθʊu.ziˌæst/, /-θʉː-/, /-əst/
- (General Australian, New Zealand) IPA(key): /ɪ̞nˈθʊʉ.ziˌəst/, /en-/, /-θïɯ-/, /-æst/
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enthusiast (plural enthusiasts)
- 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.
- (archaic) A person exhibiting over-zealous religious fervour.
- “enthusiast” in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.
- “enthusiast” in The Century Dictionary, New York, N.Y.: The Century Co., 1911.