Zeal·ot n. 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. --Sir J. Stephen.
In Ayrshire, Clydesdale, Nithisdale, Annandale, every parish was visited by these turbulent zealots. --Macaulay.
n 1: 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
2: a fervent and even militant proponent of something [syn: partisan,