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

Definition of zealotry

: excess of zeal : fanatical devotion

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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 Better yet, the results suggest that centrism has more electoral appeal than both UMNO’s Malay chauvinism and the Islamic zealotry of PAS, an opposition party that declined to join Pakatan Harapan. The Economist, "Malaysia’s chance to clean up," 10 May 2018 History has shown us the danger of religious zealotry when used as a justification for genocide. Guest Columnist/cleveland.com, cleveland.com, "Science, not religion, should determine public policy on abortion: Joel Berry (Opinion)," 29 Apr. 2018 Humor is the most resilient enemy of zealotry, which is why so many fanatics have tried to ban or police it, from the original Puritans to the new p.c. Andrew Sullivan, Daily Intelligencer, "A Democracy Disappears," 13 Apr. 2018 Yet there is a broader lesson in the Libby case about special counsels and zealotry. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "Justice for Scooter Libby," 13 Apr. 2018

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1653, in the meaning defined above

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