Enthusiast
Enthusiast En*thu"si*ast, n. [Gr. ?: cf. F. enthousiaste.] One moved or actuated by enthusiasm; as: (a) One who imagines himself divinely inspired, or possessed of some special revelation; a religious madman; a fanatic. (b) One whose mind is wholly possessed and heated by what engages it; one who is influenced by a peculiar; fervor of mind; an ardent and imaginative person. [1913 Webster]

Enthusiasts soon understand each other. --W. Irving.

Syn: Visionary; fanatic; devotee; zealot.


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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