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Zealot   /zˈɛlət/  /zˈilət/   Listen

A member of an ancient Jewish sect in Judea in the first century who fought to the death against the Romans and who killed or persecuted Jews who collaborated with the Romans.
A fervent and even militant proponent of something.  Synonyms: drumbeater, partisan.

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"Zealot" Quotes from Famous Books

... is true of the beginning and the end is true of the long tract which lay between. From first to last he was a Critic—a calm and impartial judge, a serene distributer of praise and blame—never a zealot, never a prophet, never an advocate, never a dealer in that "blague and mob-pleasing" of which he truly said that it "is a real talent and ...
— Matthew Arnold • G. W. E. Russell

... point at Lord Hugh Cecil as a belated upholder of exploded superstitions; as an "ecclesiastical layman" (the phrase was meant to be sarcastic) who lived in a realm of speculative theology, out of touch with all practical life; as a zealot, a bigot, a would-be persecutor; an interesting survival of the Middle Age; a monk who had strayed into politics. To-day we salute him as the one Member of Parliament who has had the courage to affirm the supremacy of the ...
— Prime Ministers and Some Others - A Book of Reminiscences • George W. E. Russell

Words linked to "Zealot" :   dogmatist, doctrinaire, exponent, Israelite, bigot, advocator, nonpartisan, proponent, Jew, advocate, Hebrew

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