Definition of zealotry in US English:



  • Fanatical and uncompromising pursuit of religious, political, or other ideals; fanaticism.

    ‘he expressed concern about religious zealotry playing an increasing role in politics’
    • ‘It illustrates the evil that happens when religious zealotry combines with extreme misogyny.’
    • ‘I couldn't resist reading that story in this era of Hitlerian anti-smoking zealotry.’
    • ‘Replacing the zealotry of religious intolerance with a secular version is hardly an enlightened alternative.’
    • ‘Right-wing religious zealotry is actually a throw-back to the intolerance that led to the creation of America in the first place.’
    fanaticism, zeal, zealousness, extremism, radicalism, militancy, dogmatism, bigotry, single-mindedness
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