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zealot - vocabulary

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noun

One who espouses a cause or pursues an object in an immoderately partisan manner; a true believer.

To attempt the destruction of our passions is the height of folly. What a noble aim is that of the zealot who tortures himself like a madman in order to desire nothing, love nothing, feel nothing, and who, if he succeeded, would end up a complete monster!

—Denis Diderot Philosophic Thoughts (1746)

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