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Definition a fervent and even militant proponent of something
  • an animal rights zealot who values animals above people
  • To Lucas, the religious zealot, the co-operative commonwealth was the New Jerusalem, the kingdom of Heaven, which is "within you."
    Sinclair, Upton  --  The Jungle
  • "Not so," replied the immitigable zealot.
    Hawthorne, Nathaniel  --  From Twice Told Tales
  • 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
  • Boston Corbett, in his own way, is as much a zealot as Booth.
    Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard  --  Killing Lincoln
  • "That crossed my mind," said Krupkin, his eyes suddenly glass-cold, his expression that of an unrelenting zealot.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Ultimatum
  • "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
  • Instantly, for all but the zealots like Gottlieb, Terry, Martin, and the bio-physics assistant, research was halted.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Arrowsmith
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • The Professor was also a practicing Catholic, though hardly a zealot.
    William Styron  --  Sophie's Choice
  • Instead of clearing his own heart the zealot tries to clear the world.
    Joseph Campbell  --  The Hero With a Thousand Faces
  • 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
  • They saved the bulk of their contempt and zealotry for the young, especially the poor women.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  And The Mountains Echoed
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • I was married to a zealot for years.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Lost Souls
  • "—and she followed Heller like a zealot, "yes, literally, like a zealot."
    Ayn Rand  --  The Fountainhead

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