Part of speech:
(Countable nouns, like “bottle,” “piece,” and “decision,” are words for things that can be broken into exact units. You talk about “a bottle,” “three pieces,” and “many decisions.”
Likewise, talk about one zealot or multiple zealots.)
A zealot is a person who is so enthusiastic about something that it's extreme or crazy. Zealots are usually focused on a certain cause, as in "religious zealots" or "zealots for educational reform."
zealots, zealotry, zealous, zeal (extreme enthusiasm)
How to use it:
Call someone a zealot if that person is obsessively enthusiastic about something. If you're being serious, talk about religious zealots, heartless political zealots, cutthroat business zealots, etc. If you're being informal, talk about zealots for Italian food, Justin Bieber zealots, zealots of online video games, and so on.
Although he does avoid eating meat, Bob isn't a zealot for animal rights.
If you're a zealot about the official rules, please don't even play Monopoly with us because you're going to have a bad time.
Look away from the screen to explain the definition in your own words. You'll know you understand what "zealot" means when you can explain it without saying "extremist" or "devoted."
Think of when you were younger and completely obsessed with something and fill in the blanks: “I admit that at the age of _____, I was a zealot about/for _____.”
Example: “I admit that at the age of fifteen, I was a zealot for black lipstick, black fingernail polish, and depressing black clothes.”
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Playing With Words:
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A Point Well Made:
Franz Kafka: “A book must be the axe for the frozen sea within us.”
1. The opposite of ZEALOTRY is
2. Religious zealots unsuccessfully sought to _____.
A. pray for the poor and downtrodden.
B. squash children's interest in magic by banning books about it.
C. hold conferences and retreats to discuss their beliefs amongst themselves.
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