Definition of fanatical in English:

fanatical

adjective

  • 1Filled with excessive and single-minded zeal.

    ‘fanatical revolutionaries’
    • ‘The LEJ and other fanatical Sunni groups have a history of sectarian violence in Pakistan.’
    • ‘If they weren't fanatical about Christianity, what would they be fanatical about?’
    • ‘The village folk take the palm leaf books as the store house of precious occult knowledge and guard them with fanatical zeal.’
    • ‘The concept of heroism became unthinkable except in relation to fanatical military force.’
    • ‘His father was a French émigré, his mother Catherine Welby, a fanatical Protestant sectarian.’
    • ‘The attempt to act in accordance with a system of ideas is invariably denounced as ideological, fanatical, utopian or millenarian.’
    • ‘The fundamentalism of fanatical conviction knows no boundaries; rogues do understand each other.’
    • ‘These books are an indictment of uncompromising, fanatical, and utopian ideology.’
    • ‘Many have suffered at the hands of the fanatical few.’
    • ‘He saw Muslims as a cohesive unit, unflinchingly committed to their religion, even fanatical about it.’
    • ‘The elimination of all relics of the Hashemites was undertaken with fanatical zeal.’
    • ‘Having a fanatical enemy that works for law enforcement can lead to extremely dangerous situations.’
    • ‘It's always amused me that some of the most fanatical anti-tobacco activists are also mad keen on legalising dope.’
    • ‘It's quite worrying that there are people out to kill us, people motivated by fanatical hatred and religious extremism.’
    • ‘The vast majority of Hitler's fanatical supporters easily transitioned to life in the free world.’
    • ‘I think many Christians in the current climate perceive Islam as a religion of fanatical extremists who commit acts of terrorism.’
    • ‘She followed Lt. Tod's orders with a zeal that the others joked was fanatical.’
    • ‘It very much surprised me about the Americans, as they seem to be fanatical about God and Religion.’
    • ‘But such measures offer no deterrent to a single fanatical suicide attacker.’
    • ‘It is indeed very sad that our country and government tolerates fanatical groups of people that dictate their will upon others.’
    zealous, extremist, extreme, militant, dogmatic, sectarian, bigoted, rabid, maniacal, radical, diehard, activist
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    1. 1.1 Obsessively concerned with something.
      ‘her husband was fanatical about tidiness’
      • ‘As a lot of people know already, she's a really obsessed, fanatical football fan.’
      • ‘Becci is fanatical about football and was the first girl at her primary school to play for the boy's team.’
      • ‘The trick, I guess, is not to get too fanatical about getting the accent too accurate because then that becomes a mask.’
      • ‘There's the urbane family man, charming in company and fanatical about sport.’
      • ‘Jean Claude is also a lover of animals, and when he does something, he is fanatical about it.’
      • ‘A short man with graying hair and tinted glasses, Ecclestone is fanatical about neatness.’
      • ‘The people there are fanatical about what they do, and until that wears off they will be tough to beat.’
      • ‘We bring to our efforts a fanatical obsession with quality and exclusivity.’
      • ‘The keen swimmer and fanatical Rovers fan taught thousands of people, young and old, to swim within the 10m teaching pool.’
      • ‘In fact, she had become almost fanatical about raising her and taking care of everything.’
      • ‘Méchain was fanatical about accuracy and, as we shall soon see, these measurements would cause him anguish for the rest of his life.’
      • ‘Prime Minister John Howard describes himself as fanatical about sport.’
      • ‘I used to be totally fanatical about dates, but then I've slowly gone off those and now I just eat raisins and prunes.’
      • ‘The Irish are fanatical about racing, extremely knowledgeable and are always on the lookout for an equine hero.’
      • ‘Mr Able usually wore a hat and had long grey hair and was fanatical about music, especially The Beatles.’
      • ‘Those of you familiar with my column know I'm pretty fanatical about security.’
      • ‘Every country in the world I've been to, there are groups of people that are really fanatical about saving the shark.’
      • ‘They are rather fanatical about lengthening their own lives and fending off death indefinitely.’
      • ‘Mothers were fanatical about making sure their homes and family were decent.’
      • ‘Scrupulous research and a fanatical concern for historical accuracy is a demonstration of Weir's seriousness.’
      enthusiastic, eager, keen, fervent, ardent, fervid, passionate, devoted, dedicated
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Pronunciation

fanatical

/fəˈnatɪk(ə)l/