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enthusiast

[en-thoo-zee-ast, -ist] /ɛnˈθu ziˌæst, -ɪst/
noun
1.
a person who is filled with enthusiasm for some principle, pursuit, etc.; a person of ardent zeal:
a sports enthusiast.
2.
a religious visionary or fanatic.
Origin
1600-1610
1600-10; < Greek enthousiastḗs one inspired, equivalent to enthousi- (see enthusiasm) + -astēs, variant of -istēs -ist after i
Related forms
antienthusiast, noun
Synonyms
1. zealot, devotee, fan.
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British Dictionary definitions for enthusiast

enthusiast

/ɪnˈθjuːzɪˌæst/
noun
1.
a person filled with or motivated by enthusiasm; fanatic
2.
(archaic) a religious visionary, esp one whose zeal for religion is extravagant or unbalanced
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Word Origin and History for enthusiast
n.

1560s, pejorative, "one who believes himself possessed of divine revelations or special communication from God," from Greek enthousiastes "a person inspired," from enthousiazein (see enthusiasm). General sense (not always entirely pejorative) is from mid-18c.

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