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We think it was not a solitary fanatic, but a hired assassin.
  a person motivated by extreme enthusiasm (as for a cause) — sometimes to a fault

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extremely enthusiastic — sometimes to a fault
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  • We think it was not a solitary fanatic, but a hired assassin.
  • He’s fanatic about sports.
  • The whole problem with the world is that fools and fanatics are always so certain of themselves, but wiser people so full of doubts.
    Bertrand Russell
  • Besides, these fanatics always try suicide; the pattern’s familiar.
    Ray Bradbury  --  Fahrenheit 451

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  • Wood was working the team harder than ever. ... The Weasleys complained that Wood was becoming a fanatic,
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
  • Beyond her faith was a fanaticism to defend the altars of her god.
    Zora Neale Hurston  --  Their Eyes Were Watching God
  • A leader such as that would command fanatic loyalty.
    Frank Herbert  --  Dune
  • We couldn’t use the phone at Lorraine’s anyway because ... , and at my house my mother is a disinfectant fanatic. She would have gotten too nervous over all of us using her purified instrument.
    Paul Zindel  --  The Pigman
  • There’d been a fanaticism about Vince that hadn’t fully hit him until now And there was the way the Right Arm had treated Thomas and his friends in the van after taking them hostage at the Berg.
    James Dashner  --  The Death Cure
  • My parents were fanatics about credit cards—used only for special purposes, paid off every month.
    Gillian Flynn  --  Gone Girl

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  • Matthias cried, his eyes burning with a fanatic light.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Heavenly Fire
  • The test subjects are getting more fanatical in their odd little religious cult by the day.
    James Dashner  --  The Kill Order
  • I couldn’t decide who was more annoying, the fanatic or the cynic.
    Rick Yancey  --  The 5th Wave
  • I learned that she was a world traveler, a classic eco-peacenik intellectual, a fitness fanatic and yoga expert, and a devout Buddhist possessed of a wry sense of humor, all incredibly welcome attributes to encounter in a fellow prisoner.
    Piper Kerman  --  Orange Is the New Black
  • Ordinarily, such a display would have made me nervous, but since Trebon was a mining town, I guessed it showed civic pride more than fanatic piety.
    Patrick Rothfuss  --  The Name of the Wind
  • Her religious belief is fanatical.
    Susan Ee  --  Angelfall
  • One day we were bored, indifferent, satisfied losers; the next we were rabid fanatics, stomping in the grandstand, painting our faces green and white, doing the wave as if we had been perfecting it for years.
    Jerry Spinelli  --  Stargirl
  • A religious fanatic, maybe even crazy, but a murderer?
    Ellen Raskin  --  The Westing Game
  • Jack is a top student and a highly competitive athlete whose goal is to play professional baseball, and he works at it with the intensity of a fanatic.
    Scott Pratt  --  An Innocent Client
  • (As a rule, the men in the family were fanatic about keeping their hair short.
    Anne Tayler  --  A Spool of Blue Thread
  • Within a few years, both boys were dedicated fanatics who took their sport seriously year-round.
    Bethany Hamilton  --  Soul Surfer
  • It’s a miracle, actually, that a bunch of fanatical Invalids decided to let loose a stampede at the exact moment I was failing the most important test of my life.
    Lauren Oliver  --  Delirium
  • When I protested that I saw very little threat posed by the government of North Vietnam to the United States, they mumbled ominously that I would eat several hundred pounds of crow when swarms of fanatical Reds waded ashore at San Francisco Bay.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Water is Wide
  • What is remarkable about this last quotation is that it came not from a Yankee fanatic but from Percival Drayton, a native of South Carolina and scion of a prominent planter family, whose brother Thomas Drayton became a Confederate general.
    James M. McPherson  --  What They Fought For - 1861-1865
  • They were both very religious Catholics, so I was brought up very devout and went to Mass always and church school, but I don’t mean I was, you know, fanatic, nut.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • His eyes are like that too, a piercing, slightly fanatical blue.
    Margaret Atwood  --  Cat’s Eye
  • His eight-year-old twin boys were football fanatics, and Mark coached their team.
    Lauren Tarshis  --  I Survived: The Attacks of September 11, 2001
  • His eyes assumed the fervid gleam of the fanatic lecturer as he buttoned his shirt.
    Diana Gabaldon  --  Outlander
  • The wreckage in Gallery 32 had been sifted through with white gloves and whisk brooms, with fanatic care—and while the frame of The Goldfinch had been found, intact (and had been hung empty on the wall of the Mauritshuis, in the Hague, "as a reminder of the irreplaceable loss of our cultural patrimony"), no confirmed fragment of the painting itself, no splinter or antique nail fragment or chip of its distinctive lead-tin pigment had been found.
    Donna Tartt  --  The Goldfinch
  • Aunt Alexandra was fanatical on the subject of my attire.
    Harper Lee  --  To Kill a Mockingbird
  • Some fanatic with a bee in his bonnet about justice.
    Agatha Christie  --  And Then There Were None
  • A sports fanatic, he had recognized Louie’s name, which Louie had given to his captors.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Unbroken
  • She’s become a checkers fanatic.
    Simone Elkeles  --  Perfect Chemistry
  • He was kind of fanatical, you might say.
    Barbara Kingsolver  --  The Bean Trees
  • Do you have to be quite so fanatical and selfless about it?
    Ayn Rand  --  The Fountainhead
  • Let’s face it, al Qaeda means "the base," and in return for the Saudi fanatic bin Laden’s money, the Taliban made it all possible.
    Marcus Luttrell  --  Lone Survivor
  • When it came to observing sports, Dad was a baseball fanatic, but when it came to playing, he loved to shoot hoops.
    Gayle Forman  --  If I Stay
  • To the European world the whole province was a barbaric frontier inhabited by a sect of fanatics who, nevertheless, were shipping out products of slowly increasing quantity and value.
    Arthur Miller  --  The Crucible
  • I’m not a fanatic Zionist, but it interests me.
    Anne Frank  --  The Diary of a Young Girl
  • A deep, settled, fanatic delirium was in his eyes.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • One of the guys in my unit was a fanatic about jazz.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  Dear John
  • The prospect of so frightful an existence drives these poor creatures to the sacrifice much more than love or religious fanaticism.
    Jules Verne  --  Around the World in 80 Days
  • The eyeless creature at the other table swallowed it fanatically, passionately, with a furious desire to track down, denounce, and vaporize anyone who should suggest that last week the ration had been thirty grammes.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • My mom was kind of a music fanatic.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Lucky One
  • Prettier, gift-wrapped in 40ish self-esteem, a wannabe writer and workout fanatic, sweating ice.
    Ellen Hopkins  --  Crank
  • She did not hear me, she went on raving like a madwoman, a fanatic, her long fingers twisting and tearing the black stuff of her dress.
    Daphne du Maurier  --  Rebecca
  • Her breath caught, and it was impossible not to see the fanatical gleam in her eyes.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  Breaking Dawn
  • It’s just a small story really, about, among other things: * A girl * Some words * An accordionist * Some fanatical Germans * A Jewish fist fighter * And quite a lot of thievery I saw the book thief three times.
    Markus Zusak  --  The Book Thief
  • "Two more for Azkaban tonight," said Snape, his eyes now gleaming fanatically.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
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