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fanatic

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adjective fa·nat·ic \fə-ˈna-tik\

Definition of fanatic

  1. :  marked by excessive enthusiasm and often intense uncritical devotion <they're fanatic about politics>

fanatic noun
fa·nat·i·cal·ly play \fə-ˈna-ti-k(ə-)lē\ adverb
fa·nat·i·cal·ness play \-kəl-nəs\ noun


Examples of fanatic

  1. <because of her fanatical views, her friends know better than to discuss religion with her>



Variants of fanatic

or fa·nat·i·cal play \-ti-kəl\

Origin of fanatic

Latin fanaticus inspired by a deity, frenzied, from fanum temple — more at feast


First Known Use: 1550


FANATIC Defined for Kids

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fanatic

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adjective fa·nat·ic \fə-ˈna-tik\

Definition of fanatic

  1. :  very or overly enthusiastic or devoted <a fanatic supporter>



History for fanatic

In Latin the adjective fanaticus, a derivative of fanum, “temple,” meant literally “of a temple,” though the more common sense was “inspired by a god” or “frenzied.” The word was borrowed into English as fanatic in the 1500s with this sense. In the following century the word was applied to members of certain Protestant groups who argued for their beliefs—in the view of most people—with excessive enthusiasm, acting as if they were divinely inspired. Eventually, fanatic was applied to anyone who showed extreme devotion to a cause.


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fanatic

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noun fa·nat·ic

Definition of fanatic

  1. :  a very enthusiastic supporter or admirer





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