from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Excessive, irrational zeal.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The characteristic or practice of being a fanatic.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Excessive enthusiasm, unreasoning zeal, or wild and extravagant notions, on any subject, especially religion, politics or ideology; religious frenzy.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The character or conduct of a fanatic; inordinate zeal or bigotry; the entertainment of wild and extravagant notions, especially in regard to religion.
- n. Synonyms Credulity, Bigotry, etc. See superstition.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. excessive intolerance of opposing views
"I'm afraid that fanaticism is like a black plague, it's contagious," Wiesel continued.
Religions fanaticism is the malady and you are trying to spread it further. bitblt says:
And for the record not all extremists are Christians and Muslims but religious fanaticism is alive and well and the non-extremists of those two religions seem to be afraid to stand up to them.
The fanaticism is unreal, the total disdain for the rest of the country equally so.
Religious fanaticism is the engine of Skrull imperialism! — but it delivered on little of its early promise.
Some might scoff but pet fanaticism is a growth industry.
Whenever our ethnic or national prejudices are aroused, in times of scarcity, during challenges to national self-esteem or nerve, when we agonize about our diminished cosmic place and purpose, or when fanaticism is bubbling up around us-then, habits of thought familiar from ages past reach for the controls.
But the great danger of fanaticism is that it cannot see any other side, addiction allows for no moderation, and something that is meant to bring comfort and joy ends up as the most destructive force designed by mankind.
The trailer portrays in part how American Evangelical Christian fanaticism is mixing religion with militarism and right-wing politics, a brainwashing of American kids that anyone who isn't Christian (and, more likely, anyone who doesn't believe in their type of Christianity) must be defeated.
An Israeli study of Palestinian suicide bombers from 2003 says religious fanaticism is just one of many factors.