[LMB] OT: fanatics (23/07)- was Religion question

WILLIAM A WENRICH wawenri at msn.com
Sat Jul 24 03:13:58 BST 2021


The joke says that a moderate is a person who feels safe walking down the center of a highway.

William A Wenrich
Christian, Husband, Father, Granddaddy, Son, & American. Here I am. I can do no other. God help me!
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From: Lois-Bujold <lois-bujold-bounces at lists.herald.co.uk> on behalf of Matthew George <matt.msg at gmail.com>
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Subject: Re: [LMB] OT: fanatics (23/07)- was Religion question

'Moderate' is not the opposite of 'fanatic'.  Moderates can be
single-minded.  Moderates can be excessive.  Moderates can be uncritically
enthusiastic (not mentioned in that definition, but present in others).

The first four synonyms you offer aren't bad, although I'd dispute
'militant', but the latter ones simply don't apply.  A crank holds an
irrational and insane position on a topic.

Matt G.

On Fri, Jul 23, 2021 at 8:10 PM Raymond Collins <rcrcoll6 at gmail.com> wrote:

> Fa•nat•if
> A person with excessive and single minded zeal, especially for an extreme
> religious or political cause.
> AKA a zealot,  extremist, militant, dogmatist,  . . . Adherent, maniac,
> crank, freak,  wackadoo, wackadoodle.
> Opposite: moderate.
>
> On Fri, Jul 23, 2021, 5:28 PM Matthew George <matt.msg at gmail.com> wrote:
>
> > Why don't we try looking at the existing accepted definitions of
> 'fanatic'
> > rather than struggling to evolve our own?
> >
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