fanaticism


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fa·nat·i·cism

 (fə-năt′ĭ-sĭz′əm)
n.
Excessive, irrational zeal, especially in politics or religion.

fanaticism

(fəˈnætɪˌsɪzəm)
n
wildly excessive or irrational devotion, dedication, or enthusiasm

fa•nat•i•cism

(fəˈnæt əˌsɪz əm)

n.
fanatical character or conduct.

fanaticism

an extreme and uncritical zeal or enthusiasm, as in religion or politics. — fanatic, n., adj.fanatical, adj.
See also: Attitudes
the character, spirit, or conduct of a person with an extreme and uncritical enthusiasm or zeal, as in religion or politics. — fanatic, n.
See also: Religion
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.fanaticism - excessive intolerance of opposing views
intolerance - unwillingness to recognize and respect differences in opinions or beliefs

fanaticism

noun immoderation, enthusiasm, madness, devotion, dedication, zeal, bigotry, extremism, infatuation, single-mindedness, zealotry, obsessiveness, monomania, overenthusiasm a protest against intolerance and religious fanaticism
Quotations
"Fanaticism is the wisdom of the spirit" [Eva Perón]
"Fanaticism consists in redoubling your effort when you have forgotten your aim" [George Santayana The Life of Reason]
Translations
تَعَصُّب
fanatismus
fanatisme
fanatičnost
fanatizmus
öfgar, ofstæki
bağnazlıkfanatizm

fanaticism

[fəˈnætɪsɪzəm] Nfanatismo m

fanaticism

[fəˈnætɪsɪzəm] n (= extremism) → fanatisme m
religious fanaticism → le fanatisme religieuxfan base fanbase [ˈfænbeɪs] n [sports team] → supporters mpl inconditionnels; [band, actor, singer] → fans mpl inconditionnelsfan belt n [car] → courroie f de ventilateur

fanaticism

nFanatismus m

fanaticism

[fəˈnætɪˌsɪzm] nfanatismo

fanatic

(fəˈnӕtik) noun
a person who is (too) enthusiastic about something. a religious fanatic.
faˈnatic(al) adjective
(too) enthusiastic. He is fanatical about physical exercise.
faˈnatically adverb
faˈnaticism (-sizəm) noun
(too) great enthusiasm, especially about religion. Fanaticism is the cause of most religious hatred.
References in classic literature ?
The obstinacy and avarice of the Jews being thus in a measure placed in opposition to the fanaticism that tyranny of those under whom they lived, seemed to increase in proportion to the persecution with which they were visited; and the immense wealth they usually acquired in commerce, while it frequently placed them in danger, was at other times used to extend their influence, and to secure to them a certain degree of protection.
You are not descended from a nauseous compound of fanaticism and sensuality, whose only argument was the sword, and whose only paradise was a brothel.
There is something so far-fetched and so extravagant in the idea of danger to liberty from the militia, that one is at a loss whether to treat it with gravity or with raillery; whether to consider it as a mere trial of skill, like the paradoxes of rhetoricians; as a disingenuous artifice to instil prejudices at any price; or as the serious offspring of political fanaticism.
The prospect of so frightful an existence drives these poor creatures to the sacrifice much more than love or religious fanaticism.
At last Louis XIII made Treville the captain of his Musketeers, who were to Louis XIII in devotedness, or rather in fanaticism, what his Ordinaries had been to Henry III, and his Scotch Guard to Louis XI.
They had, however, what supplied the place of those fine qualities," replied the young man, "and that was fanaticism.
By the words she uttered, it would seem that the indulgence of natural love had given her mind a momentary sense of its errors, and made her know how far she had strayed from duty in following the dictates of a wild fanaticism.
And this image of those two with the key in the studio seemed to me a most monstrous conception of fanaticism, of a perfectly horrible aberration.
Did I ever reproach you for your fanaticism for Napoleon?
Not in horror, however, for since my recently acquired knowledge of the Holy Therns I was prepared for anything in this still less accessible heaven, where all was evidently dictated by a single omnipotence; where ages of narrow fanaticism and self-worship had eradicated all the broader humanitarian instincts that the race might once have possessed.
The incident gave me considerable food for speculation, since if I were right in the conclusion induced by the cursory glimpse I had had of the spy, then Matai Shang and Thurid must suspect my identity, and if that were true not even the service I had rendered Kulan Tith could save me from his religious fanaticism.
He attacks education, he boasts of the fanaticism of the twelfth century, he makes absurd grimaces, and added to that he is by no means the innocent he makes himself out to be.