Definitions for: Zealot


[n] a fervent and even militant proponent of something



Webster (1913) Definition: Zeal"ot, n. [F. z['e]lote, L. zelotes, Gr. ?. See
Zeal.]
One who is zealous; one who engages warmly in any cause, and
pursues his object with earnestness and ardor; especially,
one who is overzealous, or carried away by his zeal; one
absorbed in devotion to anything; an enthusiast; a fanatical
partisan.

Zealots for the one [tradition] were in hostile array
against zealots for the other. --Sir J.
Stephen.

In Ayrshire, Clydesdale, Nithisdale, Annandale, every
parish was visited by these turbulent zealots.
--Macaulay.

Synonyms: partisan

See Also: advocate, advocator, bigot, doctrinaire, dogmatist, exponent, proponent

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