Fanaticism is defined as extreme devotion or zeal.
An example of fanaticism is following a set of rules even to the extent of killing other individuals.
Excessive, irrational zeal, especially in politics or religion.
(countable and uncountable, plural fanaticisms)
- The characteristic or practice of being a fanatic.
fanatic + -ism
- Fanaticism took advantage of this order; 1 Scultetus, Annales, ii.
- We know but little of Isaiah's predecessors and models in the prophetic art (it were fanaticism to exclude the element of human preparation); but certainly even the acknowledged prophecies of Isaiah (and much more the disputed ones) could no more have come into existence suddenly and without warning than the masterpieces of Shakespeare.
- The hostility he encountered in the propagation of these new religious ideas after his return to Khorasan in 1052 and Sunnite fanaticism compelled him at last to flee, and after many wanderings he found a refuge in Yumgan (about 1060) in the mountains of Badakshan, where he spent as a hermit the last decades of his life, and gathered round him a considerable number of devoted adherents, who have handed down his doctrines to succeeding generations.
- Marius had a decided tinge of fanaticism and superstition.
- The time of the Ashtarkhanides had been for the most part a time of dissolution and decay; fanaticism and imbecility went hand in hand.