zealotry

noun
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 The Club for Growth, known for its free-market zealotry, is supporting Mandel and has spent roughly $1.5 million on anti-Vance attack ads. Simon Van Zuylen-wood, Anchorage Daily News, 9 Jan. 2022 The Club for Growth, known for its free-market zealotry, is supporting Mandel and has spent roughly $1.5 million on anti-Vance attack ads. Simon Van Zuylen-wood, Washington Post, 4 Jan. 2022 Other fans have likewise defended the books by pointing to Herbert's numerous quotes about how his series is intended as a cautionary tale against zealotry, idolization, and hero worship. Jeva Lange, The Week, 14 Oct. 2021 The very scholars who were doing that diagnosing were also drawing new distinctions between the religious and the secular, justifying political adoration while judging religious zealotry. Casey Cep, The New Yorker, 6 Dec. 2021 The bile heaped on 13 GOP members who backed a bipartisan infrastructure bill revealed another example of the zealotry pulsating through the conservative populist movement. Stephen Collinson, CNN, 9 Nov. 2021 Midnight Mass already proved to us that religious zealotry paired with supernatural/otherworldly motivations are game over, man! Roxana Hadadi, Vulture, 22 Oct. 2021 When ideological zealotry trumps common sense, expect a backlash. Charlie Dent, CNN, 5 Sep. 2021 The Mother does not appear to have had the totalitarian impulses of a true cult leader, but her teachings inspired a cultlike zealotry in her followers. Zoë Heller, The New Yorker, 5 July 2021

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First Known Use of zealotry

1653, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of zealotry was in 1653

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16 Jan 2022

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“Zealotry.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/zealotry. Accessed 24 Jan. 2022.

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