follower

A follower is a person who believes in a particular cause, faith, or specific person. A follower of Hinduism, for example, usually worships many gods.

You might be a follower of Islam and also a follower of a popular self-help writer. In either case, you are devoted, loyal, and interested. You can also use the word follower to talk about someone who literally follows another person. When you play tag and the person who's "it" runs behind you as you dodge around trees, that person is a follower. The Old English root is folgere, "servant or disciple," from folgian, "follow, accompany, or pursue."

Definitions of follower
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n someone who travels behind or pursues another

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chaser, pursuer
a person who is pursuing and trying to overtake or capture
shadow
an inseparable companion
shadow, shadower, tail
a spy employed to follow someone and report their movements
bounty hunter
someone who pursues fugitives or criminals for whom a reward is offered
Type of:
traveler, traveller
a person who changes location

n a person who accepts the leadership of another

Antonyms:
leader
a person who rules or guides or inspires others
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Saint Andrew the Apostle
(New Testament) disciple of Jesus; brother of Peter; patron saint of Scotland
Baruch
a disciple of and secretary for the prophet Jeremiah
Saint James the Apostle
(New Testament) disciple of Jesus; brother of John; author of the Epistle of James in the New Testament
Saint John the Apostle
(New Testament) disciple of Jesus; traditionally said to be the author of the 4th Gospel and three epistles and the book of Revelation
Judas Iscariot
(New Testament) the Apostle who betrayed Jesus to his enemies for 30 pieces of silver
Saint Jude
(New Testament) supposed brother of St. James; one of the Apostles who is invoked in prayer when a situation seems hopeless
Saint Matthew the Apostle
(New Testament) disciple of Jesus; traditionally considered to be the author of the first Gospel
Saint Peter the Apostle
disciple of Jesus and leader of the Apostles; regarded by Catholics as the vicar of Christ on earth and first Pope
Simon the Canaanite
one of the twelve Apostles (first century)
Thomas the doubting Apostle
the Apostle who would not believe the resurrection of Jesus until he saw Jesus with his own eyes
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camp follower
a follower who is not a member of an ingroup
Cartesian
a follower of Cartesian thought
cultist
a member of a religious cult
cultist
a member of an unorthodox cult who generally lives outside of conventional society under the direction of a charismatic leader
adherent, disciple
someone who believes and helps to spread the doctrine of another
buff, devotee, fan, lover
an ardent follower and admirer
adulator, flatterer
a person who uses flattery
flunkey, flunky, stooge, yes-man
a person of unquestioning obedience
Freudian
a person who follows the basic theories or practices of Sigmund Freud
Hegelian
a follower of the thought of Hegel
inferior
one of lesser rank or station or quality
Jacksonian
a follower of Andrew Jackson or his ideas
janissary
a loyal supporter
Jeffersonian
a follower of Thomas Jefferson or his ideas and principles
Jungian
a follower or advocate of Carl Jung's theories
Keynesian
a follower of the economic theories of John Maynard Keynes
Lamarckian
a believer in Lamarckism
leech, parasite, sponge, sponger
a follower who hangs around a host (without benefit to the host) in hope of gain or advantage
Machiavellian
a follower of Machiavelli's principles
Mendelian
a follower of Mendelism
Mohammedan, Muhammadan, Muhammedan
a follower of Mohammed
myrmidon
a follower who carries out orders without question
Nestorian
a follower of Nestorius
Newtonian
a follower of Isaac Newton
regular
a dependable follower (especially in party politics)
respecter
a person who respects someone or something; usually used in the negative
planet, satellite
a person who follows or serves another
sheep
a docile and vulnerable person who would rather follow than make an independent decision
Skinnerian
a follower of the theories or methods of B. F. Skinner
Stalinist
a follower of Stalin and Stalinism
submitter
someone who yields to the will of another person or force
hanger-on, tagalong
someone who persistently (and annoyingly) follows along
feudatory, liege, liege subject, liegeman, vassal
a person holding a fief; a person who owes allegiance and service to a feudal lord
Wagnerian
a follower of the theories or an admirer of the music of Richard Wagner
Zen Buddhist
an adherent of the doctrines of Zen Buddhism
Mahayanist
an adherent of Mahayana Buddhism
Hinayanist
an adherent of Hinayana Buddhism
Lamaist
(Buddhism) an adherent of Lamaism
Tantrist
an adherent of Tantrism
Jainist
a believer in Jainism
Shintoist
a believer in Shintoism
Rasta, Rastafarian
follower of Rastafarianism
Mithraist
adherent of Mithraism
Zoroastrian
follower of Zoroaster and Zoroastrianism
absolutist
one who advocates absolutism
aerophile
a lover of aviation
aficionado
a serious devotee of some particular music genre or musical performer
amoralist
someone who adheres to the doctrine that ordinary moral distinctions are invalid
amorist
one dedicated to love and lovemaking especially one who writes about love
animist
one who accepts the doctrine of animism
antinomian
a follower of the doctrine of antinomianism
Apostle
(New Testament) one of the original 12 disciples chosen by Christ to preach his gospel
Aristotelean, Aristotelian, Peripatetic
a follower of Aristotle or an adherent of Aristotelianism
bacchanal, bacchant
a drunken reveller; a devotee of Bacchus
Bahai
a teacher of or believer in Bahaism
Tao, Taoist
an adherent of any branch of Taoism
clericalist
one who advocates clericalism
Donatist
an adherent of Donatism
Druse, Druze
an adherent of an esoteric monotheistic religious sect living in the relative security of the mountains of Syria and Lebanon who believes that Al-hakim was an incarnation of God
dualist
an adherent of dualism
groupie
an enthusiastic young fan (especially a young woman who follows rock groups around)
Hussite
an adherent of the religious reforms of John Huss
Ismaili, Ismailian
an adherent of Ismailism; a member of the Ismaili branch of Shiism
Lutheran
follower of Lutheranism
Mahdist
an adherent of Mahdism
Manichaean, Manichean, Manichee
an adherent of Manichaeism
metalhead
a fan of heavy metal music
Monophysite
an adherent of Monophysitism
Neoplatonist
an adherent of Neoplatonism
pushover
someone who is easily taken advantage of
Satanist, diabolist
an adherent of Satan or Satanism
Sikh
an adherent of Sikhism
Socinian
an adherent of the teachings of Socinus; a Christian who rejects the divinity of Christ and the Trinity and original sin; influenced the development of Unitarian theology
ass-kisser, crawler, lackey, sycophant, toady
a person who tries to please someone in order to gain a personal advantage
totalitarian
an adherent of totalitarian principles or totalitarian government
Unitarian
adherent of Unitarianism
Trinitarian
adherent of Trinitarianism
Arminian
adherent of Arminianism
votary
a devoted (almost religiously so) adherent of a cause or person or activity
Type of:
individual, mortal, person, somebody, someone, soul
a human being

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