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 for fanatic
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Fanatic \Fa*nat"ic\, a. [L. fanaticus inspired by divinity,
     enthusiastic, frantic, fr. fanum fane: cf. F. fanatique. See
     Fane.]
     Pertaining to, or indicating, fanaticism; extravagant in
     opinions; ultra; unreasonable; excessively enthusiastic,
     especially on religious subjects; as, fanatic zeal; fanatic
     notions.
     [1913 Webster]
  
           But Faith, fanatic Faith, once wedded fast
           To some dear falsehood, hugs it to the last. --T.
                                                    Moore.
     [1913 Webster]

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Fanatic \Fa*nat"ic\, n.
     A person affected by excessive enthusiasm, particularly on
     religious subjects; one who indulges wild and extravagant
     notions of religion.
     [1913 Webster]
  
           There is a new word, coined within few months, called
           fanatics, which, by the close stickling thereof,
           seemeth well cut out and proportioned to signify what
           is meant thereby, even the sectaries of our age.
                                                    --Fuller
                                                    (1660).
     [1913 Webster]
  
           Fanatics are governed rather by imagination than by
           judgment.                                --Stowe.
     [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  fanatic
      adj 1: marked by excessive enthusiasm for and intense devotion
             to a cause or idea; "rabid isolationist" [syn: fanatic,
             fanatical, overzealous, rabid]
      n 1: 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 [syn:
           fanatic, fiend]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  136 Moby Thesaurus words for "fanatic":
     Christian, God-fearing man, accepter, addict, aficionado, alien,
     aliene, ass, bedlamite, believer, bigot, bitter-ender,
     borderline case, buff, bug, bullethead, case, catechumen,
     character, chauvinist, churchgoer, churchite, churchman, collector,
     communicant, convert, crackbrain, crackpot, crank,
     daily communicant, dement, demon, demoniac, devotee, devotionalist,
     diehard, disciple, doctrinaire, dogmatist, donkey, eager beaver,
     eccentric, energumen, enthusiast, extremist, faddist, fan,
     fanatico, fiend, flake, follower, fou, freak, good Christian,
     great one for, hardnose, hermit, hobbyist, hobo, hound, idiot,
     illiberal, infatuate, intolerant, intransigeant, intransigent,
     jingo, kook, last-ditcher, lone wolf, loner, loon, loony, lunatic,
     lunatic fringe, madman, male chauvinist, maniac, maverick,
     meshuggenah, monomaniac, mule, natural, neophyte, noncompos,
     nonconformist, nut, odd fellow, oddball, oddity, original,
     outsider, pariah, perverse fool, phrenetic, pietist, pig, pighead,
     positivist, proselyte, purist, pursuer, queer duck, queer fish,
     queer specimen, rabid, racist, radical, rara avis, raving lunatic,
     receiver, religionist, revolutional, revolutionary, revolutionist,
     rhapsodist, saint, screwball, sexist, solitary, standpat,
     standpatter, stickler, sucker for, superpatriot, theist, tramp,
     truster, type, ultra, ultraist, ultranationalist, visionary,
     votary, weirdo, zealot
  
  

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