zealot


zeal·ot

noun \ˈze-lət\

: a person who has very strong feelings about something (such as religion or politics) and who wants other people to have those feelings : a zealous person

Full Definition of ZEALOT

1
capitalized :  a member of a fanatical sect arising in Judea during the first century a.d. and militantly opposing the Roman domination of Palestine
2
:  a zealous person; especially :  a fanatical partisan <a religious zealot>

Examples of ZEALOT

  1. <zealots on both sides of the issue resorted to name-calling and scare tactics>

Origin of ZEALOT

Late Latin zelotes, from Greek zēlōtēs, from zēlos
First Known Use: 1537

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