fanatical character, spirit, or conduct.

1705–15; fanatic + -ism Unabridged
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fanaticism (fəˈnætɪˌsɪzəm)
wildly excessive or irrational devotion, dedication, or enthusiasm

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Word Origin & History

1650s, from fanatic + -ism.
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Example sentences
The danger is that this fanaticism could be hijacked by even more radical
  groups, of which there is no shortage.
In the long term, such white-hot fanaticism may burn out and even disappear,
  making way for new kinds of zealotry.
No one is as surprised as me by the fanaticism surrounding this computer.
Foodie fanaticism is giving the rest of us indigestion.
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