One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘the president summoned his closest followers’
acolyte, assistant, attendant, satellite, companion, retainer, henchman, minion, lackey, toady, servant, page, squire
informal hanger-on, camp follower, sidekick
archaic liegeman, pursuivant
2‘the picture was painted by a follower of Caravaggio’
imitator, emulator, copier, copyist, mimic, ape
pupil, tutee, trainee, disciple
3‘a follower of Christ’
disciple, apostle, supporter, defender, champion
believer, worshipper, votary
4‘she's a follower of the Rolling Stones’
fan, enthusiast, admirer, devotee, lover, supporter, adherent
informal groupie, camp follower, hanger-on
North American informal rooter, booster
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