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fanatic

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Every existing thing is born without reason, prolongs itself out of weakness, and dies by chance.
Jean-Paul Sartre
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Etymology

First attested in 1525. From [[w:Template:lang:la language|Template:lang:la]][[Category:Template:lang:la derivations]] fānāticus (of a temple, divinely inspired, frenzied) from fānum (temple). Influenced by French fanatique.

Pronunciation

Adjective

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fanatic

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  1. Fanatical.
  2. (obsolete) Showing evidence of possession by a god or demon; frenzied, over-zealous.

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Noun

Singular
fanatic

Plural
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  1. A person who is zealously enthusiastic for some cause, especially in religion.

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Quotations

  • A zealot can't change his mind. A fanatic can't change his mind and won't change the subject. —Winston Churchill (attributed)
  • A fanatic is one who redoubles his effort when he has forgotten his aim. —George Santayana

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