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Below you will find the definition of fanaticism, followed by 39 sample sentences (from real sources), gradually increasing in length.
(noun) - excessive intolerance of opposing views
EXAMPLES - Fanaticism in a Sentence
- So, Dowd's fanaticism is perfectly understandable. (source)
- "The essence of fanaticism is to have your own way." (source)
- She distinguished this quality carefully from "fanaticism": (source)
- The Prophet's fanaticism is a second potentially problematic area. (source)
- Its this kind of fanaticism that Israel has faced since its creation. (source)
- Actually religious fanaticism is one of the common symptoms of schizophrenia. (source)
- The fanaticism is unreal, the total disdain for the rest of the country equally so. (source)
- That's what you call fanaticism when you're trying to be creepy rather than dogmatic. " (source)
- Religions fanaticism is the malady and you are trying to spread it further. bitblt says: (source)
- When they didn't, the city's name became a byword for fanaticism, antisemitism, and deadly nationalism. (source)
- An Israeli study of Palestinian suicide bombers from 2003 says religious fanaticism is just one of many factors. (source)
- Without using the words "Islam" or "Muslim," the president made clear what kind of fanaticism he was talking about. (source)
- What we need in this country is not this kind of fanaticism, what we need is honest, intelligent political discourse. (source)
- These changes of mood are characteristic of fanaticism, which is always possessed by its ideas, and never rules over them. (source)
- Sometimes described as fanaticism, it's really just a testament to popularity of the brand and it's repeat customer business. (source)
- The principal cause of terrorism is fundamentalism (hardly peculiar to Islam!) bordering on fanaticism which is prone to violence. (source)
- Alas the real debate that's been raging in our household is whether "fanaticism" is the real source of this sort of terrorist menace or "Islamic fanaticism?" (source)
- a fall impossible, he ceased to reason against what he called my fanaticism (this was a word very much in vogue and applied indiscriminately to almost everything). (source)
- The Persians are a curious combination of bigotry and tolerance, or perhaps indifferentism; but in the towns where Europeans reside, fanaticism is obviously fast decaying. (source)
- And will you not grant that motherhood as it appears in that lady -- pushed to a degree of fervor which I might almost call fanaticism -- would be to her an infallible preservative? (source)
- I can only wish for you that Israel will do the job we all know needs to be done, and finally RID YOU of this cancer, this virus, this monster called fanaticism, today, called Hamas. (source)
- In his recent piece in the Miami Herald, Howard Zinn says, "The definition of fanaticism is that when you discover that you are going in the wrong direction, you redouble your speed." (source)
- Unless we intend to give over Egypt to barbarism and anarchy we must contrive to check this inroad of barbarian fanaticism, which is personified in the character and action of the Mahdi. (source)
- And for the record not all extremists are Christians and Muslims but religious fanaticism is alive and well and the non-extremists of those two religions seem to be afraid to stand up to them. (source)
- She wrote: "I can only wish for you that Israel will do the job we all know needs to be done, and finally RID YOU of this cancer, this virus, this monster called fanaticism, today, called Hamas." (source)
- But as the Bishops grew more cautious they shrank from calling the fanaticism of the monks to their aid; for whenever the latter took part in the strife there arose in due consequence revolution, war, and bloodshed. (source)
- But the great danger of fanaticism is that it cannot see any other side, addiction allows for no moderation, and something that is meant to bring comfort and joy ends up as the most destructive force designed by mankind. (source)
- We cannot be ignorant of the spirit of atheistical fanaticism, that is inspired by a multitude of writings dispersed with incredible assiduity and expense, and by sermons delivered in all the streets and places of public resort in Paris. (source)
- We cannot be ignorant of the spirit of atheistical fanaticism, that is inspired by a multitude of writings, dispersed with incredible assiduity and expense, and by sermons delivered in all the streets and places of public resort in Paris. (source)
- Yet for all his self-restraint the old leaven would at times begin to work in him, and bring on fits of what his enemies would call fanaticism and his friends piety, though it must be confessed that this piety was prone to take a fierce and fiery shape. (source)
- The Mussulmans present looked, or tried to look, highly edified, though it was all probably pre-arranged; still, the Soudanese fanaticism is so great that the poor woman's intense belief may have worked on her mind sufficiently to produce considerable temporary effect. (source)
- The trailer portrays in part how American Evangelical Christian fanaticism is mixing religion with militarism and right-wing politics, a brainwashing of American kids that anyone who isn't Christian (and, more likely, anyone who doesn't believe in their type of Christianity) must be defeated. (source)
- Whenever our ethnic or national prejudices are aroused, in times of scarcity, during challenges to national self-esteem or nerve, when we agonize about our diminished cosmic place and purpose, or when fanaticism is bubbling up around us-then, habits of thought familiar from ages past reach for the controls. (source)
- And they support the cause of righteousness in a cool, reasonable, indeed slightly patronising fashion, eminently in harmony with the mind of the eighteenth century; which admired virtue very much, if she would only avoid the rigour which the age called fanaticism, and the fervour which it called enthusiasm. (source)
- Their so-called fanaticism consisted in a refusal to give up the worship of God after the manner dictated by conscience and practised by their forefathers; in declining to attend the ministry of the ignorant, and too often vicious, curates forced upon them; and in refusing to take the oath of allegiance just referred to by Will Wallace. (source)
- And it must go on until England shall be convinced that slavery, as we hold it here, is essential to the welfare of the world, until the North shall find that her fanaticism was a madness and delusion, until we ourselves shall learn to value the institution above any estimate we have ever placed upon it, and to treat it as a sacred trust from (source)
- The ineptitude of the British in not recognising the 'fanaticism' of Islam, or at least of Islamic radicals, is simply astonishing but I believe it stems from a naive liberal sentiment that all faiths are equal, and that what we now call Islamism IS a faith and not a political ideology akin to Nazism and actually sharing a common history in the 20th century. (source)
- Look at the worldliness of all classes -- the greediness of the rich, the misery of the poor, and the appalling depravity which is spreading among the lower classes through town and country; a depravity which proceeds unchecked because of the total want of discipline, and for which there is no other corrective than what may be supplied by fanaticism, which is itself an evil. (source)
- Frankly, after a few e-mails like Michael Fox's -- "Please notify me when the Grand Wizard of the KKK is next invited to speak at the NAACP or the Jewish Anti-Defamation League" -- I began to suspect this flap isn't really about the Catholic church so much as it's about anti-abortion fanaticism, which is definitely not a Catholic monopoly, but cuts across the Christian sects. (source)
The average Flesch reading-ease score of the 39 example sentences provided below is 39.0, which suggests that "fanaticism" is a difficult word that tends to be used by individuals of higher education, and is likely found in more advanced literature or in academia.
We have 40 synonyms for fanaticism.
abandonment, arbitrariness, bias, bigotry, contumacy, dedication, devotion, dogma, enthusiasm, extremism, faction, frenzy, hatred, illiberality, immoderation, incorrigibility, infatuation, injustice, intolerance, madness, monomania, obsessiveness, obstinacy, partiality, partisanship, passion, prejudice, rage, single-mindedness, stubbornness, superstition, tenacity, transport, unfairness, unreasonableness, unruliness, violence, willfulness, zeal, zealotry
We have 13 antonyms for fanaticism.
apathy, calmness, disinterest, dislike, doubt, fairness, impartiality, indifference, irresolution, justice, peace, peacefulness, unenthusiasm
PRONUNCIATION & SYLLABIFICATION
View up to 25 definitions of fanaticism from 5 different sources, as well as parts of speech.
from The American Heritage© Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- (noun) Excessive, irrational zeal.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- (noun) The characteristic or practice of being a fanatic.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- (noun) Excessive enthusiasm, unreasoning zeal, or wild and extravagant notions, on any subject, especially religion, politics or ideology; religious frenzy.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- (noun) The character or conduct of a fanatic; inordinate zeal or bigotry; the entertainment of wild and extravagant notions, especially in regard to religion.
- (noun) Synonyms Credulity, Bigotry, etc. See superstition.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- (noun) excessive intolerance of opposing views