Fa·nat·ic a. Pertaining to, or indicating, fanaticism; extravagant in opinions; ultra; unreasonable; excessively enthusiastic, especially on religious subjects; as, fanatic zeal; fanatic notions.
But Faith, fanatic Faith, once wedded fast
To some dear falsehood, hugs it to the last. --T. Moore.
Fa·nat·ic, n. A person affected by excessive enthusiasm, particularly on religious subjects; one who indulges wild and extravagant notions of religion.
There is a new word, coined within few months, called fanatics, which, by the close stickling thereof, seemeth well cut out and proportioned to signify what is meant thereby, even the sectaries of our age. --Fuller (1660).
Fanatics are governed rather by imagination than by judgment. --Stowe.
adj : marked by excessive enthusiasm for and intense devotion to a
cause or idea; "rabid isolationist" [syn: fanatical,
n : a person motivated by irrational enthusiasm (as for a
cause); "A fanatic is one who can't change his mind and
won't change the subject"--Winston Churchill [syn: fiend]