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  3  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Fanatic  \Fa*nat"ic\,  a.  [L.  fanaticus  inspired  by  divinity, 
  enthusiastic,  frantic,  fr  fanum  fane:  cf  F.  fanatique.  See 
  {Fane}.] 
  Pertaining  to  or  indicating,  fanaticism;  extravagant  in 
  opinions;  ultra;  unreasonable;  excessively  enthusiastic, 
  especially  on  religious  subjects;  as  fanatic  zeal;  fanatic 
  notions. 
 
  But  Faith,  fanatic  Faith,  once  wedded  fast  To  some  dear 
  falsehood,  hugs  it  to  the  last  --T.  Moore. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Fanatic  \Fa*nat"ic\,  n. 
  A  person  affected  by  excessive  enthusiasm,  particularly  on 
  religious  subjects;  one  who  indulges  wild  and  extravagant 
  notions  of  religion. 
 
  There  is  a  new  word  coined  within  few  months,  called 
  fanatics,  which  by  the  close  stickling  thereof, 
  seemeth  well  cut  out  and  proportioned  to  signify  what 
  is  meant  thereby,  even  the  sectaries  of  our  age. 
  --Fuller 
  (1660). 
 
  Fanatics  are  governed  rather  by  imagination  than  by 
  judgment.  --Stowe. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  fanatic 
  adj  :  marked  by  excessive  enthusiasm  for  and  intense  devotion  to  a 
  cause  or  idea;  "rabid  isolationist"  [syn:  {fanatical}, 
  {overzealous},  {rabid}] 
  n  :  a  person  motivated  by  irrational  enthusiasm  (as  for  a  cause) 
  [syn:  {fiend}] 




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