- Word Parts
|part of speech:
||excessive or unreasonable enthusiasm or support for something.
The leader of the movement feared that the fanaticism of some of the supporters would turn them violent.
||chauvinism, enthusiasm, mania, zeal
The word fanaticism
contains the following part:
that means doctrine, belief, theory
More about this word part:
The suffix -ism2 has the same origin as -ism1 but attaches to bases of diverse origins to form nouns denoting doctrines, beliefs, or theories. In the growing group of words modeled on the word "racism
means "bias based on," as in "sexism
" and "ageism
." The majority of nouns ending in -ism2 have a corresponding adjective and noun form ending in -ist.