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Zealot

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Zea'lot. n.s. [zeloteur, French; ζηλωτης.] One passionately ardent in any cause. Generally used in dispraise.

The fury of zealots, intestine bitterness and division were the greatest occasion of the last fatal destruction of Jerusalem. King Charles.

Are not those men too often the greatest zealots who are most notoriously ignorant? true zeal should always begin with true knowledge, and thence proceed to an unwearied passion, for what it once knows to be worthy of such passion. Sprat.

No wonder that so many of these deluded zealots have been engaged in a cause which they at first abhorred, and have wished or acted for the success of an enterprize, that might have ended in the extirpation of the protestant religion. Addison.

Sources: Addison, Joseph (408) · Charles I (27) · Sprat, Thomas (20)

Attributes: French (385) · Greek (126) · Noun Substantive (1269)

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