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zealot

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noun zeal·ot \ˈze-lət\

Simple Definition of zealot

  • : 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

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of zealot

  1. 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. 2 :  a zealous person; especially :  a fanatical partisan <a religious zealot>

Examples of zealot in a sentence

  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

Rhymes with zealot



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