One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A person who is very interested in a particular activity or subject.‘a sports car enthusiast’
fan, fanatic, devotee, aficionado, addict, lover, admirer, supporter, followerView synonyms
- ‘Unless you are an enthusiast for such things, these annual events don't have a ‘wow’ factor.’
- ‘Gardening enthusiasts are turning detective to try and find the origins of a carved statuette.’
- ‘The event is expected to attract a lot of interest among dart enthusiasts and all are welcome on the night.’
- ‘It is certain to appeal to field-sports enthusiasts and to nature lovers.’
- ‘The people involved would class themselves as enthusiasts interested in the survival of the scene.’
- ‘He was a leading and ardent enthusiast for the very inward investment that he now equally enthusiastically disclaims.’
- ‘For the dance enthusiast, ballet conveys the strength and fragility of the human spirit through its grace and agility.’
- ‘A breathless enthusiast for the wired world, he writes well enough to take happy Luddites such as me along with him.’
- ‘The store is expected to attract interest from the sports enthusiasts who frequent the Arena complex.’
- ‘But he is one of life's great enthusiasts and his love of his subject is getting quite infectious.’
- ‘He had been a long-standing enthusiast for home rule at a time when it merely served to reinforce his marginal status in the party.’
- ‘A model aircraft enthusiast for many years, he painstakingly built the helicopter from a kit last year.’
- ‘He was an enthusiast for the theatre and university educated.’
- ‘The advent of the old-new technology is something airship enthusiasts thought would never happen.’
- ‘He is also an enthusiast for newer aircraft, which are more fuel-efficient but also more expensive.’
- ‘For a change the zoo authorities want the wildlife enthusiasts to suggest a name for this female baboon.’
- ‘It has captured the imagination of the public and has accrued a loyal following of enthusiasts.’
- ‘Falconry enthusiasts wanting to delve even deeper into the subject can sign up for a course of either one, two or five days.’
- ‘The last game of the year is traditionally the time football enthusiasts and pundits switch to full clairvoyance mode.’
- ‘The enthusiast for Puritan literature will welcome, read and apply the content of this book.’
2archaic, derogatory A person of intense and visionary Christian views.
Early 17th century (denoting a person believing that he or she is divinely inspired): from French enthousiaste or ecclesiastical Latin enthusiastes ‘member of a heretical sect’, from Greek enthousiastēs ‘person inspired by a god’, from the adjective enthous (see enthusiasm).
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