Zealot

Pronunciation: [ zel-uht ]


Definition: noun

a person who is fanatical and uncompromising in pursuit of their religious, political, or other ideals

Origin: Late Middle English; Greek


Etymology: via ecclesiastical Latin from Greek zēlōtēs, from zēloun ‘be zealous’, from zēlos (see zeal)


Usage:


Synonyms:

  • activist

  • diehard

  • extremist

  • fanatic

  • maniac

  • radical

Antonyms:

  • conservative

  • moderate

Example:

His immense enthusiasm toward his ideals easily qualified him as a zealot.

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