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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



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