enthusiast

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EtymologyEdit

From Ancient Greek ἐνθουσιαστής (enthousiastḗs, an enthusiast, a zealot), from ἐνθουσιάζειν (enthousiázein, (intransitive) be inspired or possessed by a god, be rapt, be in ecstasy, (transitive) inspire): see enthusiasm.

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(General American) IPA(key): /ɪnˈθʉu̯.ziˌəst/

NounEdit

enthusiast (plural enthusiasts)

  1. A person filled with or guided by enthusiasm.
    Synonyms: addict, aficionado, amateur, fancier, fan, fanatic, fiend, freak, geek, junkie, rooter, maniac, partisan, power user (computing), prosumer (marketing), zealot
  2. (archaic) A person exhibiting over-zealous religious fervour.

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