An example of a zealot is an extremely religious person.
- a person who is zealous, esp. to an extreme degree; fanatic
- [Z-] among the ancient Jews, a member of a radical political and religious sect that openly resisted Roman rule in Palestine
Origin of zealotEcclesiastical Late Latin zelotes, one who is jealous from Classical Greek z?l?t?s, zealous follower from z?loun, to be zealous from z?los, zeal
- a. One who is zealous, especially excessively so.b. A fanatically committed person.
- Zealot A member of a Jewish movement of the first century AD that fought against Roman rule in Palestine as incompatible with strict monotheism.
Origin of zealotMiddle English zelote from Latin zēlōtēs from Greek from zēlos zeal
- One who is zealous, one who is full of zeal for his own specific beliefs or objectives, usually in the negative sense of being too passionate; a fanatic
- (historical) A member of a radical, warlike, ardently patriotic group of Jews in Judea, particularly prominent in the first century, who advocated the violent overthrow of Roman rule and vigorously resisted the efforts of the Romans and their supporters to convert the Jews.
- (historical) A member of an anti-aristocratic political group in Thessalonica from 1342 until 1350.
First coined in English in 1638, from Ancient Greek Î¶Î·Î»Ï‰Ï„Î®Ï‚ (zÄ“lÅtÄ“s, “emulator, zealous admirer, follower"), from Î¶á¿†Î»Î¿Ï‚ (zÄ“los, “zeal, jealousy"), from Î¶Î·Î»ÏŒÏ‰ (zÄ“loÅ, “to emulate, to be jealous").