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Meaning of zealot

zeal•ot

Pronunciation: (zel'ut), [key]
— n.
  1. a person who shows zeal.
  2. an excessively zealous person; fanatic.
  3. (cap.) a member of a radical, warlike, ardently patriotic group of Jews in Judea, particularly prominent froma.d.69 to 81, advocating the violent overthrow of Roman rule and vigorously resisting the efforts of the Romans and their supporters to heathenize the Jews.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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