zeal·​ot·​ry | \ ˈze-lə-trē How to pronounce zealotry (audio) \
plural zealotries

Definition of zealotry

: excess of zeal : fanatical devotion

Examples of zealotry in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Call it zealotry of the self-help TV convert, or whatever. Robyn Bahr, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Queer Eye: We're in Japan!': TV Review," 30 Oct. 2019 The film is replete with examples of anti-free-speech zealotry. John Fund, National Review, "In No Safe Spaces, an Odd Couple Teams Up to Fight Free-Speech Bans," 3 Nov. 2019 In the Hulu Handmaid’s adaptation by Bruce Miller, now in its third season, Lydia is a formidable creature played by the astonishing Ann Dowd, a character who fluctuates disorientingly between zealotry, empathy, and ritualized sadism. Sophie Gilbert, The Atlantic, "The Challenge of Margaret Atwood," 5 Sep. 2019 The kaleidoscopic thousand-page book, which follows the middle-class Shaposhnikov family through the Second World War, is an indictment of ideological zealotry and a stark account of the horrors of Stalinism. Aaron Lake Smith, Harper's magazine, "The Trials of Vasily Grossman," 24 June 2019 That mix of righteous zealotry, entitlement, and ruthless cruelty, with no tempering compassion, proves a disastrous combination when coupled to the mighty power of the Iron Fist, which reflects the character of the wielder. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Iron Fist’s second Netflix season mostly lives up to its promising trailer," 10 Sep. 2018 That zealotry requires shame at one’s station and fear of one’s own death to keep others in their place. Alissa Wilkinson, Vox, "What two fictional Gileads can teach us about America in 2018," 12 July 2018 Murphy plays the character as a suitably humorless waif, a fair match in zealotry, dumb cunning and cat-fancying sentimentality for the swaggering Padraic. Leslie Felperin, The Hollywood Reporter, "'The Lieutenant of Inishmore': Theater Review," 5 July 2018 The name of this play references a New Testament conversion away from zealotry, but nothing within its muddled narrative gives the audience any road map as to who has been converted, what they've been converted to, or why. Dmitry Samarov, Chicago Reader, "Damascus attempts to tackle faith, politics, and race without a road map," 1 June 2018

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First Known Use of zealotry

1653, in the meaning defined above

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4 Dec 2019

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“Zealotry.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/zealotries. Accessed 22 January 2020.

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