true believer

noun

Definition of true believer 

1 : a person who professes absolute belief in something

2 : a zealous supporter of a particular cause

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Synonyms & Antonyms for true believer

Synonyms

crusader, fanatic, ideologue (also idealogue), militant, partisan (also partizan), red hot, zealot

Antonyms

nonmilitant

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Examples of true believer in a Sentence

it's impossible to argue with those true believers, as they think any counterevidence is proof of an evil conspiracy true believers who fought the good fight even when it was out of fashion

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In the past decade, bitcoin has become a source of fascination for investors, speculators, true believers and skeptics around the world. Recode Staff, Recode, "Recode Daily: Bitcoin turns 10, Apple’s first $100 billion quarter?," 1 Nov. 2018 This past weekend’s memorial service for John McCain swiftly turned into a nostalgic celebration of the true spirit of conservatism by Trump-skeptical Republican true believers, including McCain’s onetime antagonist George W. Bush. Matthew Yglesias, Vox, "Republicans are preparing to disavow Trump if he fails — then come back and try the same policies," 6 Sep. 2018 But there will be no cost to opening the doors of his government’s Foreign Ministry to every useful idiot, true believer in utopia, and power-hungry climber in the country. Mary Anastasia O’grady, WSJ, "Trump’s Mexico Problem," 3 June 2018 Some skeptics were made into true believers by Randle's bursts of productive energy, and reassured by the deft touch of his floor game. Rob Mahoney, SI.com, "NBA Free Agency 2018: Top 50 Players Available," 25 June 2018 Many of Peterson’s fans reassure themselves that there’s a seam of genius here buried beyond their reach, that there’s so much damn context that even a true believer can only ever see it all through a glass, darkly. Laurie Penny, Longreads, "Peterson’s Complaint," 12 July 2018 Heynderickx has a knack for hitting folksy cliches dead-on for true believers, then sliding off of them just enough to keep others interested. Noah Berlatsky, Chicago Reader, "Folk musician Haley Heynderickx cultivates a different garden," 5 July 2018 Eden, a true believer, has the most surprising arc of the season so far. Rena Gross, Billboard, "'The Handmaid's Tale' Season 2, Episode 12 Recap: 15 Reactions to 'Postpartum'," 4 July 2018 In the years after Repeal, true believers in banning alcohol waged an ever-lonelier crusade. Stephanie Schorow, BostonGlobe.com, "What should marijuana opponents do when their cause fails? A lesson from Prohibition," 23 June 2018

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First Known Use of true believer

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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