Synonyms & Antonyms of follower

1 one who follows the opinions or teachings of another
  • the followers of Gandhi have spread his philosophy of nonviolence all over the world

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2 a person who adopts the appearance or behavior of another especially in an obvious way
  • Brando's Method acting inspired a whole generation of mumbling followers

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How is the word follower different from other nouns like it?

Some common synonyms of follower are adherent, disciple, and partisan. While all these words mean "one who gives full loyalty and support to another," follower may apply to people who attach themselves either to the person or beliefs of another.

an evangelist and his followers

When might adherent be a better fit than follower?

While in some cases nearly identical to follower, adherent suggests a close and persistent attachment.

adherents to Marxism

When could disciple be used to replace follower?

The words disciple and follower are synonyms, but do differ in nuance. Specifically, disciple implies a devoted allegiance to the teachings of one chosen as a master.

disciples of Gandhi

When is it sensible to use partisan instead of follower?

The synonyms partisan and follower are sometimes interchangeable, but partisan suggests a zealous often prejudiced attachment.

partisans of the President

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The first known use of follower was before the 12th century

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“Follower.” Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 May. 2021.

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