zeal·​ot·​ry ˈze-lə-trē How to pronounce zealotry (audio)
plural zealotries
: excess of zeal : fanatical devotion

Examples of zealotry in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Boldly displaying the hypocrisy of deep zealotry while allowing the teenager great agency over his outcome, in true Markowicz fashion, nothing is what appears on the surface and the plot blasts on with darkly humorous satire and invigorating twists on universal circumstances. Holly Jones, Variety, 6 Sep. 2023 Internet Archive and the other Defendants have a long history of opposing, fighting, and ignoring copyright law, proclaiming that their zealotry serves the public good. Althea Legaspi, Rolling Stone, 12 Aug. 2023 Strong is aware of his reputation for artistic zealotry — and to the scoffing that zealotry may elicit, even from his peers. Seth Abramovitch, The Hollywood Reporter, 28 Sep. 2022 Another way would be that many if not most Martini drinkers—especially vodka Martini drinkers—deploy a level of zealotry to their Martini preferences that is usually reserved for religion, a European soccer team, and day trading. Jason O'Bryan, Robb Report, 21 June 2023 Earlier this week, as the House began its descent into madness over who will possess the coveted speaker's gavel, outgoing Nebraska senator Ben Sasse delivered his farewell address from the Senate floor, warning of the perils of hyper-partisan zealotry. Bobby Miller, National Review, 6 Jan. 2023 The objections smack of zealotry. The Editors, National Review, 5 Apr. 2023 This is what caused a lot of the trouble in the first place—a lack of understanding of zealotry. Noel Murray, Chron, 10 Apr. 2023 And teen Shauna’s best friend Jackie (Ella Purnell) died from exposure, sleeping outside right before the first snowfall of the season because she felt rejected by Shauna and the other girls who were falling under the sway of Lottie’s religious zealotry. Alan Sepinwall, Rolling Stone, 17 Jan. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1653, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of zealotry was in 1653

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“Zealotry.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/zealotry. Accessed 30 Sep. 2023.

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