enthusiast

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 enthousiastēs, 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
  1. noun
    an ardent and enthusiastic supporter of some person or activity
    synonyms: partisan, partizan
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    addict, freak, junkie, junky, nut
    someone who is so ardently devoted to something that it resembles an addiction
    backslapper
    someone who demonstrates enthusiastic or excessive cordiality
    balletomane
    a ballet enthusiast
    fanatic, fiend
    a person motivated by irrational enthusiasm (as for a cause)
    gadgeteer
    a person who delights in designing or building or using gadgets
    shutterbug
    a photography enthusiast
    fan, rooter, sports fan
    an enthusiastic devotee of sports
    aficionado
    a fan of bull fighting
    gym rat
    someone who spends all leisure time playing sports or working out in a gymnasium or health spa
    railbird
    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.
  2. noun
    a person having a strong liking for something
    synonyms: fancier
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    animal fancier
    a person who breeds animals
    bird fancier
    a person with a strong interest in birds
    maniac
    a person who has an obsession with or excessive enthusiasm for something
    technophile
    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
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    admirer, adorer
    someone who admires a young woman
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