zealot


From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Zealot \Zeal"ot\, n. [F. z['e]lote, L. zelotes, Gr. ?. See
   Zeal.]
   One who is zealous; one who engages warmly in any cause, and
   pursues his object with earnestness and ardor; especially,
   one who is overzealous, or carried away by his zeal; one
   absorbed in devotion to anything; an enthusiast; a fanatical
   partisan.
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         Zealots for the one [tradition] were in hostile array
         against zealots for the other.           --Sir J.
                                                  Stephen.
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         In Ayrshire, Clydesdale, Nithisdale, Annandale, every
         parish was visited by these turbulent zealots.
                                                  --Macaulay.
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