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


a person filled with or motivated by enthusiasm; fanatic
(archaic) a religious visionary, esp one whose zeal for religion is extravagant or unbalanced
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for enthusiasts



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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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