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Enthusiast definitions

Webster's 1828 Dictionary

ENTHU'SIAST, n. enthu'ziast.
1. One who imagines he has special or supernatural converse with God, or special communications from him.
2. One whose imagination is warmed; one whose mind is highly excited with the love or in the pursuit of an object; a person of ardent zeal; as an enthusiast in poetry or music.
3. One of elevated fancy or exalted ideas.

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

1: an ardent and enthusiastic supporter of some person or activity [syn: enthusiast, partisan, partizan]
2: a person having a strong liking for something [syn: fancier, enthusiast]

Merriam Webster's

noun Date: 1570 a person filled with enthusiasm: as a. one who is ardently attached to a cause, object, or pursuit <a sports car enthusiast> b. one who tends to become ardently absorbed in an interest

Oxford Reference Dictionary

n. 1 (often foll. by for) a person who is full of enthusiasm. 2 a visionary; a self-deluded person. Etymology: F enthousiaste or eccl.L enthusiastes f. Gk (as ENTHUSIASM)

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Enthusiast En*thu"si*ast, n. [Gr. ?: cf. F. enthousiaste.] One moved or actuated by enthusiasm; as: (a) One who imagines himself divinely inspired, or possessed of some special revelation; a religious madman; a fanatic. (b) One whose mind is wholly possessed and heated by what engages it; one who is influenced by a peculiar; fervor of mind; an ardent and imaginative person. Enthusiasts soon understand each other. --W. Irving. Syn: Visionary; fanatic; devotee; zealot.

Collin's Cobuild Dictionary

(enthusiasts) An enthusiast is a person who is very interested in a particular activity or subject and who spends a lot of time on it. He is a great sports enthusiast. ...keep-fit enthusiasts. N-COUNT: usu with supp

Soule's Dictionary of English Synonyms

n. 1. Fanatic, devotee, bigot, zealot, religious madman. 2. Zealot, visionary, dreamer, castle-builder.

Foolish Dictionary

One who preaches four times as much as he believes and believes four times as much as a sane man ought to.

Moby Thesaurus

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