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zealot
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an animal rights zealot who values animals above people
  a fervent and even militant proponent of something
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Zealots zealot zealotry
Strongly Associated with:   zeal
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The term originated from the same word as a proper noun which denotes an ancient Jewish sect in Judea. Biblical references are to that sect rather than the more modern usage of the word. Zealots are noted for their passion of belief and action upon that passion because in the first century they fought to the death against the Romans.
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  • an animal rights zealot who values animals above people
  • Jace had never had that—he had recklessness, and the anarchic joy of imagined self-annihilation, but he was not a zealot.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Heavenly Fire
  • His eyes shine with the fervor of a religious zealot, the look of a street-corner crazy preacher, except this crazy holds the fate of the world in his hands.
    Rick Yancey  --  The Infinite Sea
  • The Professor was also a practicing Catholic, though hardly a zealot.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice

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  • I was married to a zealot for years.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Lost Souls
  • They saved the bulk of their contempt and zealotry for the young, especially the poor women.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  And The Mountains Echoed
  • To Lucas, the religious zealot, the co-operative commonwealth was the New Jerusalem, the kingdom of Heaven, which is "within you."
    Upton Sinclair  --  The Jungle
  • But the company of this sweet, if peculiar, guest pleased her the way a zealot pleases his teacher.
    Toni Morrison  --  Beloved
  • "No!" he cried, his voice lower, hoarser and more normal, sinking from the tone of a zealot to the tone of an overbearing executive.
    Ayn Rand  --  Atlas Shrugged
  • She adored Austen Heller; he was, she stated, an oracle to all those pretending just the tiniest bit to the title of progressive intellectual, she thought—"don’t you?"—and she followed Heller like a zealot, "yes, literally, like a zealot."
    Ayn Rand  --  The Fountainhead

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  • Some nosing zealot in the Ministry (a woman, probably: someone like the little sandy-haired woman or the dark-haired girl from the Fiction Department) might start wondering why he had been writing during the lunch interval, why he had used an old-fashioned pen, what he had been writing — and then drop a hint in the appropriate quarter.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • Ishmael’s grandfather had been a Highland Presbyterian, his grandmother an Irish zealot from the bogs above Lough Ree; they met in Seattle five years before the Great Fire, wed, and raised six sons.
    David Guterson  --  Snow Falling on Cedars
  • Moderation is a wiser policy than zealotry, I think .
    Christopher Paolini  --  Brisingr
  • Jack had seen Denker the teacher as not much different from the strutting South American little Caesars in their banana kingdoms, standing dissidents up against the wall of the handiest squash or handball court, a super-zealot in a comparatively small puddle, a man whose every whim becomes a crusade.
    Stephen King  --  The Shining
  • When he talked about popular culture, he exercised the closed logic of a religious zealot, one who kills for his beliefs.
    Don DeLillo  --  White Noise
  • Instead of clearing his own heart the zealot tries to clear the world.
    Joseph Campbell  --  The Hero With a Thousand Faces
  • Now a handful of zealots, boardroom thugs led by a maniac, want back what no international court in history would ever grant them.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Supremacy
  • Of them he had an ample band—some men of heart, others rather men of head; he who apologized for the Church in Latin; the saintly author of the Evening Hymn; and near them the great itinerant preacher, hymn-writer, and zealot, shadowed like Jude by his matrimonial difficulties.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Jude the Obscure
  • I wanted to participate in the plebe system as a believer, to become inflamed with the zealotry and esprit that sustained my classmates during those first dispiriting months.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Lords of Discipline
  • Captain Kassad gave the leaders of the thirty million zealots three hours to surrender their hostages and return to their homes on the desert continent of Qom.
    Dan Simmons  --  Hyperion
  • She rocked his head; he stared at her with the blank, shiny eyes of the zealot.
    Stephen King  --  The Gunslinger
  • Boston Corbett, in his own way, is as much a zealot as Booth.
    Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard  --  Killing Lincoln
  • She was a small, wiry woman with the eyes of a zealot and though pushing forty, wore her hair in two long plaits.
    Nicholas Evans  --  The Horse Whisperer
  • Talking to himself, head-wagging like a street-corner zealot with news of some distant affliction dragging ever closer.
    Don DeLillo  --  Underworld
  • Of course, being a zealot, you’re not smoking these days, are you?
    Thomas Mann  --  The Magic Mountain
  • "That crossed my mind," said Krupkin, his eyes suddenly glass-cold, his expression that of an unrelenting zealot.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Ultimatum
  • Newman eyed his interlocutress and satisfied himself that she was not a gossip, but a zealot; she looked anxious, appealing, discreet.
    Henry James  --  The American
  • It is the language of your people, but as it was spoken and written long ago, and of a very particular dialect: that of the zealot Tosk.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Inheritance
  • The Chinese Communist Party leaders themselves were sufficiently embarrassed by Qian’s zealotry that they fired him a year later.
    Nicholas D. Kristof  --  Half the Sky
  • One well-trained zealot with a pistol could kill the new president, two former presidents, and a pair of vice presidents with five crisp shots.
    Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard  --  Killing Kennedy
  • But the Rabbi clung to the political idea; and he went on, without noticing the explanation, "What are the Zealots doing down in Galilee?"
    Lew Wallace  --  Ben Hur
  • The fusion of the two strong egotisms, Eliza’s inbrooding and Gant’s expanding outward, made of him a fanatical zealot in the religion of Chance.
    Thomas Wolfe  --  Look Homeward, Angel
  • The mayor was a careerist, a consummate professional, and he knew how the game should be run against an ethnic challenger: marginalize him, isolate him, acknowledge his passion but color it radical, name it zealotry.
    Chang-rae Lee  --  Native Speaker
  • But the passion of all sides—Iraqi, American, ally, and insurgent—shows that if man can redirect his energies to one of acceptance and not intolerance, we can bring the zealot, the politician, the soldier, and the outsider to a place where man is just that: man.
    Jay Allison, et al.  --  This I Believe II
  • One of the perils of writing books about religious symbology was the calls from religious zealots who wanted him to confirm their latest sign from God.
    Dan Brown  --  Angels & Demons
  • All men of talent, whether they be men of feeling or not; whether they be zealots, or aspirants, or despots — provided only they be sincere — have their sublime moments, when they subdue and rule.
    Charlotte Bronte  --  Jane Eyre
  • But a wise prince would rather choose to employ those who practise the last of these methods; because such zealots prove always the most obsequious and subservient to the will and passions of their master.
    Jonathan Swift  --  Gulliver’s Travels
  • "He’s made the same error many zealots make—confusing metaphor with a literal reality."
    Dan Brown  --  The Lost Symbol
  • That day it was yuletide, and it struck me that Ned Land badly missed celebrating "Christmas," that genuine family holiday where Protestants are such zealots.
    Jules Verne  --  Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea
  • He complain’d to me that they were grievously calumniated by the zealots of other persuasions, and charg’d with abominable principles and practices, to which they were utter strangers.
    Benjamin Franklin  --  The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin
  • With obvious reference to such enemies, Houston told the Legislature in his first general message in 1860: notwithstanding the ravings of deluded zealots, or the impious threats of fanatical disunionists, the love of our common country still burns with the fire of the olden time …. in the hearts of the conservative people of Texas…… Texas will maintain the Constitution and stand by the Union.
    John F. Kennedy  --  Profiles in Courage
  • Instantly, for all but the zealots like Gottlieb, Terry, Martin, and the bio-physics assistant, research was halted.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Arrowsmith
  • After all, in 1839, abolitionists were considered occupants of the radical fringe’, religious zealots bent on destroying the natural order of things, and, some would say, tearing the United States apart.
    Alexs Pate  --  Amistad
  • *a A religion which should become more minute, more peremptory, and more surcharged with small observances at a time in which men are becoming more equal, would soon find itself reduced to a band of fanatical zealots in the midst of an infidel people.
    Alexis de Toqueville  --  Democracy In America, Volume 2
  • The now one-handed zealot stumbled along just behind the High Priest.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Brisingr
  • Then China will be ruled by a Nationalist zealot whose ideological roots are in Taiwan.’
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Supremacy
  • Cult specialists see desultory defacement from inexperienced fringe sects-zealots who commit random acts of terrorism-but the Illuminati have always been more deliberate.
    Dan Brown  --  Angels & Demons
  • What a zealot!
    Thomas Mann  --  The Magic Mountain
  • i have been a Catholic, a revelationist, a neo-Marxist, an interface zealot, a Bound Shaker, a satanist, a bishop in the Church of Jake’s Nada, and a dues-paying subscriber to the Assured Reincarnation Institute.
    Dan Simmons  --  Hyperion
  • She adored Austen Heller; he was, she stated, an oracle to all those pretending just the tiniest bit to the title of progressive intellectual, she thought—"don’t you?"—and she followed Heller like a zealot, "yes, literally, like a zealot."
    Ayn Rand  --  The Fountainhead
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