• WordNet 3.6
    • n fanatism excessive intolerance of opposing views
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: "Fan" is an abbreviation for the word "fanatic." Toward the turn of the 19th century, various media referred to football enthusiasts first as "football fanatics," and later as a "football fan."
    • n Fanatism Fanaticism.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n fanatism Fanaticism.
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  • Bertrand Russell
    “The whole problem with the world is that fools and fanatics are always so certain of themselves, but wiser people so full of doubts.”
  • Napoleon Bonaparte
    “There is no place in a fanatic's head where reason can enter.”
  • Winston Churchill
    “A fanatic is one who can't change his mind and won't change the subject.”
  • E. M. Cioran
    E. M. Cioran
    “The fanatic is incorruptible: if he kills for an idea, he can just as well get himself killed for one; in either case, tyrant or martyr, he is a monster.”
  • Finley Peter Dunne
    “A fanatic is a man that does what he thinks the Lord would do if He knew the facts of the case.”
  • Aldous Huxley
    “A fanatic is a man who consciously over compensates a secret doubt.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. F. fanatisme,. Cf. Fanaticism


In literature:

The fanatical populations of the towns rejoiced in the new decree.
"Saint Bartholomew's Eve" by G. A. Henty
In its moments of most extreme and fanatical intensity it is likely to be most unstable.
"The Psychology of Nations" by G.E. Partridge
There was mourning as for a father when the fanatic, Ravaillac, struck him to the ground.
"Heroes of Modern Europe" by Alice Birkhead
This last aspirant for spiritual light was neither fanatical nor hysterical, was scarcely even imbued with fear.
"The Mystics" by Katherine Cecil Thurston
People will call you a fanatic; never mind.
"Expositions of Holy Scripture" by Alexander Maclaren
They were kept seated in their tent while the fanatics discussed the subject.
"Great African Travellers" by W.H.G. Kingston
He says they are 'fanatics of the family.
"France and the Republic" by William Henry Hurlbert
There is a low class of darwishes who are very ignorant, superstitious and fanatical and are like beggars.
"Modern Persia" by Mooshie G. Daniel
"Hunted and Harried" by R.M. Ballantyne
You will meet many fanatics, atheists and libertines.
"Which?" by Ernest Daudet
Your fanatic is the best fighting machine yet invented.
"Prisoners of Hope" by Mary Johnston
We expected trouble from the fanatical natives; I am bound to admit, we had most trouble with Elsie.
"Miss Cayley's Adventures" by Grant Allen
He was a little sobered by the struggle, and a little weakened by it, pale and dangerous, with a fanatic light in his eyes.
"The Wishing Moon" by Louise Elizabeth Dutton
In the same month a band of the fanatics reached Opotiki in the Bay of Plenty.
"A History of the English Church in New Zealand" by Henry Thomas Purchas
It appeared to them more advantageous to encounter the weak Matthias than his younger and more fanatical successor.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 4, Slice 2" by Various
But at such times, as I said before, he is very wild and fanatical.
"Yiddish Tales" by Various
This second crusade was conducted by kings, and included fanatic ladies, dressed in the armour of men; but it ended in ruin.
"History of the Intellectual Development of Europe, Volume II (of 2)" by John William Draper
Some "fanatic" will consider its justice.
"Speeches, Addresses, and Occasional Sermons, Volume 1 (of 3)" by Theodore Parker
Ever since then Grandfather has had an almost fanatical hatred of the hotel people.
"Behind the Green Door" by Mildred A. Wirt
Her fanatical and imbecile followers call her Joan the Maid.
"The Executioner's Knife" by Eugène Sue

In poetry:

Whether or not, this corner-stone
Of our Republic shall not crumble;
Our laws and "niggers" are our own,
So let the poor "fanatics" grumble!
"The Slave-Holder’s Apology" by Benjamin Cutler Clark
When communists, fanatics, those
Who howl their 'vives' to Freedom's name
And yet betray her unto shame,
Are dead and coffined with her foes.
"In After Days" by George Frederick Cameron
Besides, it can be seen at sight,
Our slaves, if freed, would turn out lazy;
And if the "fanatics" are right,
The Scriptures' wrong, or we are crazy.
"The Slave-Holder’s Apology" by Benjamin Cutler Clark
While this debate was in rapid progression,
Preacher and man-thief were found to agree:
A "fanatic" cried out, "This is oppression,—
Heal the poor captive, and then set him free."
"The Captive" by Benjamin Cutler Clark
Breakers heaved up with darkness, serpents, eels,
And in the swarm, fanatical roundworms
Pursue you: May victory and struggle cast you down
Since you breached the storm with your brow.
"The Sea-Beast" by Tudor Arghezi
Alas! strong drink makes men and women fanatics,
And helps to fill our prisons and lunatics;
And if there was no strong drink such cases wouldn't be,
Which would be a very glad sight for all christians to see.
"The Demon Drink" by William Topaz McGonagall

In news:

Enter Appalachian Wireless Fanatic Fan Contest .
What it's about: For Lora Leigh fanatics, Cooper 's Fall is being released today (Dec 11) as an e-novella for the first time.
You don't have to be a fanatical driving enthusiast to love Scion's new-for-2013 FR-S sport coupe .
Heather Morris (known to Glee fanatics as Brittany) gave FITNESS the behind-the-scenes scoop on your favorite show.
That said, I live in a town of football fanatics, and I'm in high school, and it's September.
Even the most passionate whole food fanatic has probably consumed something of dubious nature at one point in time.
Have you noticed that a lot of exercise fanatics work out in the morning.
Having just finished a book about the puritanical and fanatical Khmer Rouge communists who created Cambodia's "killing fields," I see Mencken's point.
Having just finished a book about the Puritanical and fanatical Khmer Rouge communists who created the "killing fields," I see his point.
He's still a fanatic, but he just gets in his room and he won't come out.
Both casual and fanatic fans will be satisfied with this gripping finale to the teen-wizard series.
'Obama Fanatic ' Threatened To Kill Sheriff Arpaio.
An Email Fanatic 's Guide to Organizing Your Inbox.
General Hospital fanatic wins a guest-starring role.
50% off sports apparel at Fanatic U. November 14, 2012 at 1:00 am.

In science:

George) Wei-Shu Hou I know I am viewed as a fanatic, saying that fourth generation this and that., fourth generation for everything. I actually quite agree with what Martin and Jose said, and that this kind of discussion can be endless, and we are not going to go very far.
Round Table Discussion at the Final Session of FPCP 2008: The Future of Flavor Physics and CP