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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [fuh-nat-i-kuh l]
    • /fəˈnæt ɪ kəl/
    • /fəˈnæt.ɪ.kəl/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [fuh-nat-i-kuh l]
    • /fəˈnæt ɪ kəl/

Definitions of fanatical word

  • adjective fanatical motivated or characterized by an extreme, uncritical enthusiasm or zeal, as in religion or politics. 1
  • noun fanatical Filled with excessive and single-minded zeal. 1
  • adjective fanatical zealous, excessively fervent 1
  • adjective fanatical very keen on sth 1
  • adjective fanatical If you describe someone as fanatical, you disapprove of them because you consider their behaviour or opinions to be very extreme. 0
  • adjective fanatical surpassing what is normal or accepted in enthusiasm for or belief in something; excessively or unusually dedicated or devoted 0

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Origin of fanatical

First appearance:

before 1540
One of the 30% oldest English words
First recorded in 1540-50; fanatic + -al1

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Parts of speech for Fanatical


fanatical popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 89% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
This word is included in each student's vocabulary. Most likely there is at least one movie with this word in the title.

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Synonyms for fanatical

adj fanatical

  • stubborn — unreasonably obstinate; obstinately unmoving: a stubborn child.
  • single-minded — having or showing a single aim or purpose: a single-minded program.
  • narrow-minded — having or showing a prejudiced mind, as persons or opinions; biased.
  • frenzied — wildly excited or enthusiastic: frenzied applause.
  • zealous — full of, characterized by, or due to zeal; ardently active, devoted, or diligent. Synonyms: enthusiastic, eager, fervid, fervent, intense, passionate, warm. Antonyms: apathetic; lackadaisical.

adjective fanatical

  • fanatic — a person with an extreme and uncritical enthusiasm or zeal, as in religion or politics.
  • dedicated — You use dedicated to describe someone who enjoys a particular activity very much and spends a lot of time doing it.
  • fixated — to fix; make stable or stationary.
  • enthusiastic — Having or showing intense and eager enjoyment, interest, or approval.
  • keen — finely sharpened, as an edge; so shaped as to cut or pierce substances readily: a keen razor.

Antonyms for fanatical

adj fanatical

  • broad-minded — If you describe someone as broad-minded, you approve of them because they are willing to accept types of behaviour which other people consider immoral.
  • tolerant — inclined or disposed to tolerate; showing tolerance; forbearing: tolerant of errors.
  • apathetic — If you describe someone as apathetic, you are criticizing them because they do not seem to be interested in or enthusiastic about doing anything.
  • indifferent — without interest or concern; not caring; apathetic: his indifferent attitude toward the suffering of others.
  • lethargic — of, relating to, or affected with lethargy; drowsy; sluggish; apathetic.

adjective fanatical

  • doubting — Present participle of doubt.

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