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a. One who is zealous, especially excessively so.
b. A fanatically committed person.
2. Zealot A member of a Jewish movement of the first century ad that fought against Roman rule in Palestine as incompatible with strict monotheism.
[Middle English zelote, from Latin zēlōtēs, from Greek, from zēlos, zeal.]
an immoderate, fanatical, or extremely zealous adherent to a cause, esp a religious one
[C16: from Late Latin zēlōtēs, from Greek, from zēloun to be zealous, from zēlos zeal]
(Historical Terms) any of the members of an extreme Jewish sect or political party that resisted all aspects of Roman rule in Palestine in the 1st century ad
1. a person who shows zeal.
2. an excessively zealous person; fanatic.
3. (cap.) a member of a radical, warlike group of Jews in Judea during the 1st century a.d., advocating the overthrow of Roman rule.
[1530–40; < Late Latin zēlōtēs < Greek zēlṓtēs, from zēlō-, variant s. of zēloûn to be zealous (see zeal)]
syn: See fanatic.
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|Noun||1.||Zealot - a member of an ancient Jewish sect in Judea in the first century who fought to the death against the Romans and who killed or persecuted Jews who collaborated with the Romans|
|2.||zealot - a fervent and even militant proponent of something|
bigot - a prejudiced person who is intolerant of any opinions differing from his own
2. A person who is ardently devoted to a particular subject or activity: