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ˈzɛl ətzealot

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. Zealotnoun

    a member of an ancient Jewish sect in Judea in the first century who fought to the death against the Romans and who killed or persecuted Jews who collaborated with the Romans

  2. partisan, zealot, drumbeaternoun

    a fervent and even militant proponent of something


  1. zealotnoun

    one who is zealous, one who is full of zeal for his own specific beliefs or objectives, usually in the negative sense of being too passionate; a fanatic

  2. zealotnoun

    a member of a radical, warlike, ardently patriotic group of Jews in Judea, particularly prominent from a.d. 69 to 81, advocating the violent overthrow of Roman rule and vigorously resisting the efforts of the Romans and their supporters to heathenize the Jews.

  3. zealotnoun

    a member of an anti-aristocratic political group in Thessalonica from 1342 until 1350.

  4. Etymology: First coined in English in 1638, from ζηλωτής, from ζήλος, from ζηλόω.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Zealotnoun

    One passionately ardent in any cause. Generally used in dispraise.

    Etymology: zeloteur, French; ζηλωτης.

    The fury of zealots, intestine bitterness and division were the greatest occasion of the last fatal destruction of Jerusalem. Charles I .

    Are not those men too often the greatest zealots who are most notoriously ignorant? true zeal should always begin with true knowledge, and thence proceed to an unwearied passion, for what it once knows to be worthy of such passion. Thomas Sprat.

    No wonder that so many of these deluded zealots have been engaged in a cause which they at first abhorred, and have wished or acted for the success of an enterprize, that might have ended in the extirpation of the protestant religion. Addison.


  1. zealot

    The Zealots were a political movement in 1st-century Second Temple Judaism which sought to incite the people of Judea Province to rebel against the Roman Empire and expel it from the Holy Land by force of arms, most notably during the First Jewish–Roman War (66–70). Zealotry was the term used by Josephus for a "fourth sect" or "fourth Jewish philosophy" during this period.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Zealotnoun

    one who is zealous; one who engages warmly in any cause, and pursues his object with earnestness and ardor; especially, one who is overzealous, or carried away by his zeal; one absorbed in devotion to anything; an enthusiast; a fanatical partisan

  2. Etymology: [F. zlote, L. zelotes, Gr. . See Zeal.]


  1. Zealot

    Zealot is a comic book character from DC Comics/Wildstorm.

The Foolish Dictionary, by Gideon Wurdz


    One who loves morality so well he will commit crime to maintain it.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of zealot in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of zealot in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of zealot in a Sentence

  1. Lisa Ellis:

    If consumers really like that, then you could see [ interest from ] a broader swath of consumers who aren't already zealot Apple Pay users.

  2. David Rubincam:

    David Rubincam remains certain about the radical motivation of the then-imam from Mohamed Ibrahim. David Rubincam’s an extremist religious zealot of the worst kind … David Rubincam went to the University of al-Madinah in Saudi Arabia. David Rubincam was educated as an Islamic religious scholar. mohamed Ibrahim was over here to raise money through the Hawala system of -- of money transfer to fund them overseas and to recruit people to their cause to actually go back to Somalia to take up arms or go into Ethiopia and take up arms.

  3. Donald Trump:

    Joe Biden campaigned for president as a moderate, but on virtually every issue he has governed like a woke left-wing zealot, by opposing Biden’s multi-trillion dollar socialist boondoggle, Manchin is governing like the sane moderate Democrat that Biden pretended to be on the campaign trail.

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