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fanatical

[fuh-nat-i-kuh l] /fəˈnæt ɪ kəl/
adjective
1.
motivated or characterized by an extreme, uncritical enthusiasm or zeal, as in religion or politics.
Also, fanatic.
Origin
1540-1550
1540-50; fanatic + -al1
Related forms
fanatically, adverb
fanaticalness, noun
nonfanatical, adjective
nonfanatically, adverb
unfanatical, adjective
unfanatically, adverb
Synonyms
enthusiastic, zealous, frenzied, rabid. See intolerant, radical.
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Examples for fanatical
  • Opera stars have their claques, fanatical followers and sometimes even completely demented stalkers.
  • But over the past few decades it has attracted fanatical thugs to its ranks.
  • Pound thundered out social and political views which later he would shun as wrong and fanatical.
  • He is sensibly trying to draw the less fanatical into negotiation while promising to hammer the rest.
  • Such a strategy is the only way for the healthy aspects of dance, and sports, to triumph over its fanatical and unhealthy aspects.
  • The entire decade of the aughts was marked by an almost fanatical aversion to risk.
  • It is easy to dismiss the iPod as a fad and its fanatical users as members of a gadget-obsessed cult.
  • Those fanatical consumers came to be known as audiophiles.
  • If you're going to be fanatical about something, there are worse things to obsess over than fuel mileage.
  • Kraft is fanatical when it comes to giving his animals a healthy diet, lots of exercise and scrupulously clean surroundings.
British Dictionary definitions for fanatical

fanatical

/fəˈnætɪkəl/
adjective
1.
surpassing what is normal or accepted in enthusiasm for or belief in something; excessively or unusually dedicated or devoted
Derived Forms
fanatically, adverb
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Word Origin and History for fanatical
adj.

1540s, from fanatic + -al (1). Related: Fanatically.

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