a person with an extreme and uncritical enthusiasm or zeal, as in religion or politics.

1515–25; < Latin fānāticus pertaining to a temple, inspired by orgiastic rites, frantic, equivalent to fān(um) temple + -āticus, equivalent to -āt(us) -ate1 + -icus -ic

nonfanatic, noun, adjective

1. fanatic, frantic, frenetic (see synonym study at the current entry) ; 2. fanatic, phonetic.

1. enthusiast, zealot, bigot, hothead, militant. Fanatic, zealot, militant, devotee refer to persons showing more than ordinary support for, adherence to, or interest in a cause, point of view, or activity. Fanatic and zealot both suggest excessive or overweening devotion to a cause or belief. Fanatic further implies unbalanced or obsessive behavior: a wild-eyed fanatic. Zealot only slightly less unfavorable in implication than fanatic implies single-minded partisanship: a tireless zealot for tax reform. Militant stresses vigorous, aggressive support for or opposition to a plan or ideal and suggests a combative stance. Devotee is a milder term than any of the foregoing, suggesting enthusiasm but not to the exclusion of other interests or possible points of view: a jazz devotee. Unabridged
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fanatic (fəˈnætɪk)
1.  a person whose enthusiasm or zeal for something is extreme or beyond normal limits
2.  informal a person devoted to a particular hobby or pastime; fan: a jazz fanatic
3.  a variant of fanatical
[C16: from Latin fānāticus belonging to a temple, hence, inspired by a god, frenzied, from fānum temple]

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Word Origin & History

1520s, "insane person," from L. fanaticus "mad, enthusiastic, inspired by a god," originally, "pertaining to a temple," from fanum "temple," related to festus "festive" (see feast). Current sense of "extremely zealous," especially in religion, is first attested 1640s. The
noun is from mid-17c., originally in religious sense, of Nonconformists.
"A fanatic is someone who can't change his mind and won't change the subject." [Winston Churchill]
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Example sentences
But critics could not dampen the spirits of radio fanatics.
Nothing can be more contradictory or more absurd than the comments of fanatics
  upon the divine prophecies.
He quoted him as an expert on fanatics and the pointlessness of trying to
  reason with them.
And, it is a good way to make fun of fanatics in turn.
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