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Meaning of FANATIC

Pronunciation:  fu'natik

 
WordNet Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
  1. [n]  a person motivated by irrational enthusiasm (as for a cause); "A fanatic is one who can't change his mind and won't change the subject"--Winston Churchill
  2. [adj]  marked by excessive enthusiasm for and intense devotion to a cause or idea; "rabid isolationist"
 

FANATIC is a 7 letter word that starts with F.

 

 Synonyms: fanatical, fiend, overzealous, passionate, rabid
 
 See Also: enthusiast, partisan, partizan

 

 

Webster's 1913 Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
  1. \Fa*nat"ic\, a. [L. fanaticus inspired by divinity,
    enthusiastic, frantic, fr. fanum fane: cf. F. fanatique. See
    {Fane}.]
    Pertaining to, or indicating, fanaticism; extravagant in
    opinions; ultra; unreasonable; excessively enthusiastic,
    especially on religious subjects; as, fanatic zeal; fanatic
    notions.
    
          But Faith, fanatic Faith, once wedded fast To some dear
          falsehood, hugs it to the last.          --T. Moore.
    
    
  2. \Fa*nat"ic\, n.
    A person affected by excessive enthusiasm, particularly on
    religious subjects; one who indulges wild and extravagant
    notions of religion.
    
          There is a new word, coined within few months, called
          fanatics, which, by the close stickling thereof,
          seemeth well cut out and proportioned to signify what
          is meant thereby, even the sectaries of our age.
                                                   --Fuller
                                                   (1660).
    
          Fanatics are governed rather by imagination than by
          judgment.                                --Stowe.
    
    
 
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