• WordNet 3.6
    • n zealot a fervent and even militant proponent of something
    • n 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
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Zealot One who is zealous; one who engages warmly in any cause, and pursues his object with earnestness and ardor; especially, one who is overzealous, or carried away by his zeal; one absorbed in devotion to anything; an enthusiast; a fanatical partisan. "Zealots for the one [tradition] were in hostile array against zealots for the other.""In Ayrshire, Clydesdale, Nithisdale, Annandale, every parish was visited by these turbulent zealots .""Zealots for the one [tradition] were in hostile array against zealots for the other.""In Ayrshire, Clydesdale, Nithisdale, Annandale, every parish was visited by these turbulent zealots ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n zealot One who is zealous or full of zeal; one carried away by excess of zeal; an immoderate partizan: generally in a disparaging sense.
    • n zealot [capitalized] One of a fanatical sect or party (the Zelotæ) among the Jews of Palestine under Roman dominion, who on account of their excesses in behalf of the Mosaic law were also called Sicarii or Assassins. The Zealots gained the ascendancy in a civil war, and withstood the Romans so fiercely as to bring about the total destruction of Jerusalem, a. d. 70. Zealots are also mentioned (perhaps by confusion) as a sect of the Essenes, similarly characterized by fanatical zeal for their ascetic practices.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • ns Zealot (zel′ot) one full of zeal: an enthusiast: a fanatic: one of a fanatical Jewish party whose restless opposition to the Roman domination finally brought about the ruin of Jerusalem in 70 A.D
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. zélote, L. zelotes, Gr. . See Zeal
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. zele—L. zelus—Gr. zēlos, zeein, to boil. Cf. Yeast.


In literature:

Once more our Martian guest is besieged by the Hebrew Zealot to examine the divine revelation of his religion.
"The Necessity of Atheism" by Dr. D.M. Brooks
But a shower of fists fell on the zealot's face, and he tottered back bleeding.
"The Big Bow Mystery" by I. Zangwill
He was rewarded with the reproaches and affronts of the religious zealots.
"All About Coffee" by William H. Ukers
He had told the zealots of the town of the new-comer's heretical mode of thinking.
"Dreamers of the Ghetto" by I. Zangwill
All parties are to him a joke: While zealots foam, he fits the yoke.
"Calamities and Quarrels of Authors" by Isaac Disraeli
Jason had no special affection for the under-nourished zealot, but he did owe him a life.
"The Ethical Engineer" by Henry Maxwell Dempsey
The young fellows who had idled with him became his zealots.
"Mystery Ranch" by Arthur Chapman
With difficulty two good men dragged the rash zealot safely into St. Paul's School.
"Old and New London" by Walter Thornbury
I turn zealot and spend myself in long-drawn praising.
"The Kempton-Wace Letters" by Jack London
If this were a fetch of human wit, it was in the austere zealot and puritan a mockery.
"Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, Volume 57, No. 354, April 1845" by Various

In poetry:

To find salvation in your smile,
In your look paradise,
A zealot in that blissful faith
I would the world baptise;
"Immortal Eve - IV" by Manmohan Ghose
Not Thine the bigot's partial plea,
Nor Thine the zealot's ban;
Thou well canst spare a love of Thee
Which ends in hate of man.
"Our Master" by John Greenleaf Whittier
Tall High-priest, with zealot fires
Blazing in those eyeballs old,
Swathes him, as his rank requires,
Head to foot, in linen fold.
"Lita of the Nile" by Richard Doddridge Blackmore
Not thine to lean on priesthood's broken reed;
No barriers caged thee in a bigot's fold;
Did zealots ask to syllable thy creed,
Thou saidst " Our Father," and thy creed was told.
"In Memory Of John Greenleaf Whittier" by Oliver Wendell Holmes
To what Stupidity are Zealots grown,
Whose Inhumanity profusely shown
In Damning Crowds of Souls, may Damn their own.
I'll err at least on the securer Side,
A Convert free from Malice and from Pride.
"On Mr. Dryden's Religio Laici" by Wentworth Dillon
And terrified faces to left and to right,
Before and behind him,
Fled away with the speed of a maddening fright
To the cloughs of the bat and the chasms of night,
Each hoping the zealot would fail in his flight
To find him and bind him.
"To Damascus" by Henry Kendall

In news:

Mathews and his PETA pals are indeed zealots , but there's nothing "nice" about their cause or their tactics.
It seems inevitable that Talkshoe's come-as-you-are, anything-goes, all-talk, all-the-time atmosphere could turn into an Internet circus, luring everyone from the exceptionally eccentric to zealots and the downright offensive.
We wouldn't run the country the same way, but he's not a zealot and he's usually not boring.
Country zealots for casting Centro -Matic as a blue-collar indie hero.
In particular, Klonsky is talking about the zealots, backed by multimillionaires, who are crusading against teachers' unions as they claim to fight for the "reform" of public education.
Oracle's Larry Ellison a chip zealot.
Larry Ellison has become a "chip zealot" who talks more and more about SPARC and how to ramp up the hardware side of Oracle's business.
Amy Adams as his zealot wife and.
Michelle Rhee writes a 'zealot's manifesto ,' er, memoir.
Michelle Rhee writes a 'zealot's manifesto,' er, memoir .
The sad state of zealots and Romney's defeat.
Rachel Zoe zealots, your wait is over.
After the completion of my series of columns on caffeine, a gentleman I will refer to as the professor voiced his opinion about what I had written in an article that led "Beware the electron-hating zealots".
For the record, I'm not a zealot or a tree-hugging "Naderite" (Russell Shorto, Jan 11).
I quoted a Tibetan Muslim who had told me that his father had suffered some persecution by Tibetan zealots.