Children's, Intermediate and Advanced Online English Dictionary & Thesaurus

Comprehensive
Dictionary Suite
Help
Help
Help
 
Intermediate Dictionary
   
Display options
Show syllables
Show Lookup History
Double-Click Lookup
  Show Spanish support
 
Pronunciation
Wordsmyth
  Phonics
  IPA
 
Entry formats
Standard
  Classic
 
Lookup History
fanatic

fa·nat·ic

fanatic

 
 
pronunciation:
f nae tihk
parts of speech:
noun, adjective
features:
Word History
part of speech: noun
definition: a person who is enthusiastic about something in a way that is extreme or not reasonable.
synonyms:
maniac
 
part of speech: adjective
definition: interested or enthusiastic to an extreme point.
The fanatic soccer players practice several hours every day.
similar words:
enthusiastic
Word History
Fanatic comes from a Latin word that means "temple." In early English, a "fanatic" was a person who was thought to be possessed by a god. Later, the word "fanatic" was used for a person overly enthusiastic about religious matters.