Date: 1500-1600
Language: Latin
Origin: fanaticus 'made wild or mad by the gods', from fanum 'religious building'

fanatic

noun
     
fa‧nat‧ic [countable]
1 someone who has extreme political or religious ideas and is often dangerous [= extremist]:
fanatics who represent a real danger to democracy
2 someone who likes a particular thing or activity very much [= enthusiast]:
a health food fanatic
a fitness fanatic
fanatical adjective:
a fanatical sportsman
He was fanatical about tidiness.
fanatically adverb

Dictionary results for "fanatic"
Dictionary pictures of the day
Do you know what each of these is called?
What is the word for picture 1? What is the word for picture 2? What is the word for picture 3? What is the word for picture 4?
Click on any of the pictures above to find out what it is called.