adjective fa·nat·ic \fə-ˈna-tik\

Definition of FANATIC

:  marked by excessive enthusiasm and often intense uncritical devotion <they're fanatic about politics>
fanatic noun
fa·nat·i·cal·ly \fə-ˈna-ti-k(ə-)lē\ adverb
fa·nat·i·cal·ness \-kəl-nəs\ noun

Variants of FANATIC

fa·nat·ic or fa·nat·i·cal \-ti-kəl\

Examples of FANATIC

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

Origin of FANATIC

Latin fanaticus inspired by a deity, frenzied, from fanum temple — more at feast
First Known Use: 1550
FANATIC Defined for Kids


adjective fa·nat·ic \fə-ˈna-tik\

Definition of FANATIC for Kids

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

Word History of 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.



Definition of FANATIC for Kids

:  a very enthusiastic supporter or admirer


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