Fanatic



[fuh-nat-ik] /fəˈnæt ɪk/

noun
1.
a person with an extreme and uncritical enthusiasm or zeal, as in religion or politics.
adjective
2.
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/fəˈnætɪk/
noun
1.
a person whose enthusiasm or zeal for something is extreme or beyond normal limits
2.
(informal) a person devoted to a particular hobby or pastime; fan: a jazz fanatic
adjective
3.
a variant of fanatical
n.

1520s, “insane person,” from Latin fanaticus “mad, enthusiastic, inspired by a god,” also “furious, mad,” originally, “pertaining to a temple,” from fanum “temple,” related to festus “festive” (see feast). Meaning “zealous person” is mid-17c. As an adjective, in English, 1530s, “furious;” meaning “characterized by excessive enthusiasm,” especially in religion (of Nonconformists), is from 1640s.

A fanatic is someone who can’t change his mind and won’t change the subject. [attributed to Winston Churchill]

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