What does fanatic mean?

Definitions for fanaticfəˈnæt ɪk

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word fanatic.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. fanatic, fiend(adj)

    a person motivated by irrational enthusiasm (as for a cause)

    "A fanatic is one who can't change his mind and won't change the subject"--Winston Churchill

  2. fanatic, fanatical, overzealous, rabid(adj)

    marked by excessive enthusiasm for and intense devotion to a cause or idea

    "rabid isolationist"


  1. fanatic(Noun)

    A person who is zealously enthusiastic for some cause, especially in religion.

  2. fanatic(Adjective)


  3. fanatic(Adjective)

    Showing evidence of possession by a god or demon; frenzied, over-zealous.

  4. Origin: First attested in 1525. From fanaticus, from fanum. Influenced by fanatique.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Fanatic(adj)

    pertaining to, or indicating, fanaticism; extravagant in opinions; ultra; unreasonable; excessively enthusiastic, especially on religious subjects; as, fanatic zeal; fanatic notions

  2. Fanatic(noun)

    a person affected by excessive enthusiasm, particularly on religious subjects; one who indulges wild and extravagant notions of religion

  3. Origin: [L. fanaticus inspired by divinity, enthusiastic, frantic, fr. fanum fane: cf. F. fanatique. See Fane.]


  1. FANatic

    FANatic is an American TV show that was shown on the MTV network in the late 1990s. It featured everyday people being tricked into going somewhere and unexpectedly meeting their idol.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Fanatic

    fa-nat′ik, adj. extravagantly or unreasonably zealous, esp. in religion: excessively enthusiastic.—n. a person frantically or excessively enthusiastic, esp. on religious subjects.—adj. Fanat′ical, fanatic, (Shak.) extravagant.—adv. Fanat′ically.—v.t. Fanat′icise, to make fanatical.—v.i. to act as a fanatic.—n. Fanat′icism, wild and excessive religious enthusiasm. [Fr.,—L. fanaticus, belonging to a temple, inspired by a god, fanum, a temple.]


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of fanatic in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of fanatic in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Winston Churchill:

    A fanatic is one who can't change his mind and won't change the subject.

  2. Philipp Henschel:

    We are thinking of naming the lion 'Ali' after the president as he's a cat fanatic.

  3. Eric Hoffer:

    The opposite of the religious fanatic is not the fanatical atheist but the gentle cynic who cares not whether there is a god or not.

  4. Heywood:

    Just as every conviction begins as a whim so does every emancipator serve his apprenticeship as a crank. A fanatic is a great leader who is just entering the room.

  5. Wasel Abu Youssef:

    This rightist Israeli fanatic government is pursuing its criminal policy to kill Palestinians. The new regulations would mean more escalation, killings and crimes against our people.

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