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Definition a person motivated by extreme enthusiasm (as for a cause) — sometimes to a fault


extremely enthusiastic — sometimes to a fault
  • We think it was not a solitary fanatic, but a hired assassin.
fanatic = a person motivated by extreme enthusiasm
  • 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
  • Aunt Alexandra was fanatical on the subject of my attire.
    Harper Lee  --  To Kill a Mockingbird
  • fanatical = overly interested
  • The ideal set up by the Party was something huge, terrible, and glittering — a world of steel and concrete, of monstrous machines and terrifying weapons — a nation of warriors and fanatics, marching forward in perfect unity, all thinking the same thoughts and shouting the same slogans,
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • fanatics = people motivated by extreme enthusiasm for a cause
  • Beyond her faith was a fanaticism to defend the altars of her god.
    Zora Neale Hurston  --  Their Eyes Were Watching God
  • fanaticism = extreme enthusiasm
  • 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
  • fanatic = too enthusiastic
  • A leader such as that would command fanatic loyalty.
    Frank Herbert  --  Dune
  • fanatic = extremely enthusiastic
  • Besides, these fanatics always try suicide; the pattern's familiar.
    Ray Bradbury  --  Fahrenheit 451
  • fanatics = people motivated by extreme enthusiasm for a cause
  • What annoyed him was their fanatic sense of righteousness, their absolute certainty that they and they alone had God's ear, and every other Jew was wrong,
    Chaim Potok  --  The Chosen
  • fanatic = extremely enthusiastic
  • 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
  • fanatic = a person with extreme enthusiasm for a cause — often to a fault
  • However much in earnest he might be, he had nothing of the single-mindedness that belongs to a fanatic.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • fanatic = someone motivated by extreme enthusiasm for a cause
  • 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
  • fanatically = with extreme enthusiasm
  • Even the humblest Party member is expected to be competent, industrious, and even intelligent within narrow limits, but it is also necessary that he should be a credulous and ignorant fanatic whose prevailing moods are fear, hatred, adulation, and orgiastic triumph.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • fanatic = someone motivated by extreme enthusiasm for a cause
  • This peculiar linking-together of opposites — knowledge with ignorance, cynicism with fanaticism-is one of the chief distinguishing marks of Oceanic society.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • fanaticism = extreme enthusiasm
  • Rachel, being musical, was allowed to learn nothing but music; she became a fanatic about music.
    Woolf, Virginia  --  The Voyage Out
  • A fanatic is one who can't change his mind and won't change the subject.
    Sir Winston Churchill
  • Armies of troops were put into the field, and the fanatics were herded back at the bayonet point to their tasks in the cities.
    London, Jack  --  The Iron Heel
  • If I saw the Pharisees and fanatics of this lower earth passing her by in contempt, I would hold out my hand to her before them all.
    Collins, Wilkie  --  The New Magdalen
  • However, in this country of barbarians and fanatics, prudence obliged him to take the strictest precautions.
    Verne, Jules  --  Five Weeks in a Balloon

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