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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The crypto true believers who stuck around through the slump also hope that 2019 brings an influx of institutional investors to the market. Paul Vigna, WSJ, "Crypto’s 2019 Goal: Technology People Can Use," 1 Jan. 2019 But that makes them the easiest ones to pick off, while the true believers remain in office. David Roberts, Vox, "After the midterms, US climate politics are even more polarized. Here’s how Dems can move forward.," 12 Nov. 2018 Some day soon, even as sweet, skunky smoke drifts in from the streets outside, US Attorney General Jeff Sessions and other staunch opponents of marijuana may draw inspiration from a true believer named Morris Sheppard. Stephanie Schorow, BostonGlobe.com, "What should marijuana opponents do when their cause fails? A lesson from Prohibition," 23 June 2018 Trump surrounds himself with advisers who are clearly true believers. Laura Mcgann, Vox, "Let’s stop pretending Trump is just pretending," 30 Oct. 2018 Conservative activists see in Mr. Johnson a true believer in Brexit whose charm sets him apart from other potential leaders. Jason Douglas, WSJ, "Theresa May’s Former Top Diplomat Is Now Her Antagonist on Brexit," 28 Sep. 2018 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

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First Known Use of true believer

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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