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Definition of "zealot" []

  • One who is zealous, especially excessively so. (noun)
  • A fanatically committed person. (noun)
  • A member of a Jewish movement of the first century A.D. that fought against Roman rule in Palestine as incompatible with strict monotheism. (noun)
  • An immoderate, fanatical, or extremely zealous adherent to a cause, esp a religious one (noun)

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Use "zealot" in a sentence
  • "At some level, a zealot is a zealot and love of a property can also lead to discussions online that could be interpreted as “spirited debate”, but usually come across more as “psychotic ravings mixed with threats of grisly murder.”"
  • "GOI demostrates that a zealot is a zealot no matter what they claim as their ‘affiliation’."
  • "However, as I said, this was not my business, and besides, I learned a long time ago that arguing with a zealot is like arguing with a brick wall: it doesn't matter what you say, it's going to remain the same as it was when you started, impassive and unchanged."