fa·​nat·​i·​cism | \ fə-ˈna-tə-ˌsi-zəm How to pronounce fanaticism (audio) \

Definition of fanaticism

: fanatic outlook or behavior

Examples of fanaticism in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Amid the chaos and passions of that world, Lincoln was always prepared to take a middling course and to avoid fanaticism. Gordon S. Wood, WSJ, "‘Abe: Abraham Lincoln in His Times’ Review: Unruly Genius," 25 Sep. 2020 Rollins alumna Arlene Hutton will direct her own play, about the collision of faith and fanaticism when a newcomer to an 1830s religious community claims to see angels. Matthew J. Palm,, "Orlando Arts Season Preview 2020-21: Theater," 22 Sep. 2020 Gobert, meanwhile, displayed zero reticence in proclaiming that the players who do return will attack their individual improvement plans with the zealous fanaticism of those determined to reach the top. Eric Walden, The Salt Lake Tribune, "The Utah Jazz have plenty to do this offseason, but the plans are just starting to come into focus," 4 Sep. 2020 This dependence on media as a source of validation verges on fanaticism. Armond White, National Review, "On the Record: The Canned Language of Self-Described Victims," 21 Aug. 2020 Elektra is fragile and unstable; her bright, crystalline soprano conveys vulnerability rather than stony fanaticism. Heidi Waleson, WSJ, "Abroad at Home: Summer Festivals Still Sing," 14 Aug. 2020 The Dark Ages were rife with plague, fanaticism, and accusations that Jews secretly fed off the blood of children. Brian Friedberg, Wired, "The Dark Virality of a Hollywood Blood-Harvesting Conspiracy," 31 July 2020 The landscapes of Elwin Cotman are mythical, searching, and stimulated by haunting fanaticism. Wired Staff, Wired, "WIRED’s Ultimate Summer Reading List," 2 July 2020 Meticulous only begins to describe participants’ fanaticism. Andrew Zaleski, Popular Science, "Meet the dads who can’t quit pinewood derby racing—even after their kids are over it," 3 June 2020

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First Known Use of fanaticism

1652, in the meaning defined above

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“Fanaticism.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Dec. 2020.

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fa·​nat·​i·​cism | \ fə-ˈnat-ə-ˌsiz-əm How to pronounce fanaticism (audio) \

Medical Definition of fanaticism

: fanatic outlook or behavior especially as exhibited by excessive enthusiasm, unreasoning zeal, or wild and extravagant notions on some subject

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