When you're an enthusiast, you're all jazzed up about a person or cause. A sports enthusiast is someone who is really passionate and excited about sports.

Enthusiast comes from the Greek enthousiast─ôs, meaning "person inspired by a god." While it doesn't retain those same religious connotations today, an enthusiast is someone who is inspired by a cause or person. A candidate running for office will have a group of enthusiasts working doggedly on his campaign. Often your mother is your biggest enthusiast or supporter. Non-profit organizations are always looking for enthusiasts who can make donations and become patrons of their organization.

Definitions of enthusiast

n an ardent and enthusiastic supporter of some person or activity

partisan, partizan
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addict, freak, junkie, junky, nut
someone who is so ardently devoted to something that it resembles an addiction
someone who demonstrates enthusiastic or excessive cordiality
a ballet enthusiast
fanatic, fiend
a person motivated by irrational enthusiasm (as for a cause)
a person who delights in designing or building or using gadgets
a photography enthusiast
fan, rooter, sports fan
an enthusiastic devotee of sports
a fan of bull fighting
gym rat
someone who spends all leisure time playing sports or working out in a gymnasium or health spa
a fan of racing who watches races from the outer rail of the track
Type of:
admirer, booster, champion, friend, protagonist, supporter
a person who backs a politician or a team etc.

n a person having a strong liking for something

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animal fancier
a person who breeds animals
bird fancier
a person with a strong interest in birds
a person who has an obsession with or excessive enthusiasm for something
a person who is enthusiastic about new technology
cat fancier
a person who breeds and cares for cats
horse fancier, horseman
a person who breeds and cares for horses
Type of:
admirer, adorer
someone who admires a young woman

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