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A fashion that is taken up with great enthusiasm for a brief period of time; a craze.

[Possibly from fidfad, fussy person, fussy, from fiddle-faddle.]

fad′dism n.
fad′dist n.
fad′dy adj.


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Noun1.faddist - a person who subscribes to a variety of fads
individual, mortal, person, somebody, someone, soul - a human being; "there was too much for one person to do"
food faddist - a person who adheres briefly to different diets
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References in classic literature ?
He's as clever as they make 'em--a full-charged battery of force and vitality, but a quarrelsome, ill-conditioned faddist, and unscrupulous at that.
"You say he is a faddist. What is his particular fad?"
Yes, and the faddists were to win despite the other side's incontrovertible evidence that Fallon was headed for bankruptcy and that the proposed bonds and outstanding ones could never be met.
Adult extensions of oral behavior include smoking, chewing gum, and excessive concern for oral hygiene, sarcasm and being a food or wine expert, a speech purist or a food faddist.
It was really frustrating that for years before nutrition became fashionable, I was regarded as a 'food faddist'," says Gaby, who promises that in the new series of Food Inspectors there will be uncomfortable revelations about bacon, ham, chicken nuggets, and to her dismay, her favourite dessert, ice cream.
Greatly influenced by the primitivist vogue in Europe, many works of 1920s American writers captured the same faddist preoccupation with an Other culture that could supposedly save the soulless mechanical life of post-war America and also cater to the Jazz Age prevalent predilection for hedonism and exoticism.
And Ethiopian Jews may have their complaints with what they perceive as "the Establishment" in both the United States and Israel, but they don't take kindly to being lectured that Judaism or Jews are necessarily "white racists." I take issue with Melanie Kaye/Kantrowicz's anti-Israel "radical Diasporism," but she's on point in her criticisms of what she calls "faddist White Studies." (23)
True dialogue involves bilateral communication, as opposed to the unilateral rhetoric of the revolutionary, zealot, or faddist. New economic trends driven by technology changes do not by any means require that we reject useful and still-valuable lessons already learned.
You'd have thought I was the worst food faddist in the world.
The Wall Street Journal's review states the book depicts Gandhi as "a sexual weirdo, a political incompetent, a fanatical faddist, implacably racist, and a ceaseless self-promoter, professing his love for mankind as a concept while actually despising people as individuals."
As in any period of significant change, there is confusion over "basics," faddist responses, self-serving solutions (such as more funding), and initiatives of many types and forms.
These familiar practices, such as outdoor programs and paper-based self-study modules, come under the heading of easy-to-do or faddist practices that are harmless but of little long-term value.