Definition of fanaticism in US English:



  • The quality of being fanatical.

    ‘the dangers of religious fanaticism’
    • ‘The prospects are for more destruction, fanaticism, violence and hatred.’
    • ‘Still, fanaticism doesn't strike a chord with the majority of the region's Muslims.’
    • ‘There seems to be a fanaticism on the part of those who legislate, for how come there is no variation of punishment?’
    • ‘I think religious fanaticism is extremely unhealthy and it seems Mel Gibson is guilty of that.’
    • ‘They are saying that many of us think that terrorism and religious fanaticism are part of the Islamic way of life.’
    zealotry, zeal, extremism, militancy, sectarianism, fundamentalism, bigotry, dogmatism, chauvinism, radicalism, immoderation
    obsessiveness, over-enthusiasm, addiction, fixation, madness, monomania, immoderation, passion, infatuation
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