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[fuh-nat-uh-sahyz-uh m] /fəˈnæt əˌsaɪz əm/
fanatical character, spirit, or conduct.
Origin of fanaticism
1705-15; fanatic + -ism Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for fanaticism
  • 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.
  • If you want to be taken seriously you need to abandon the all or nothing fanaticism and embrace a balanced science oriented view.
  • The second was the growing fanaticism of the fringe.
  • It's as if they understand my particular brand of lunacy and fanaticism.
  • Their faith in a glorious hereafter stops well short of stereotypical burning-eyed fanaticism.
  • The haters can counter only with repression, regression and fanaticism.
  • One must remember that fanaticism in any area leads to ignorance, and that is exactly the case here.
British Dictionary definitions for fanaticism


wildly excessive or irrational devotion, dedication, or enthusiasm
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for fanaticism

1650s, from fanatic + -ism.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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