enthusiast

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enthusiast

Archaic a religious visionary, esp one whose zeal for religion is extravagant or unbalanced

enthusiast

With regard to technology, an enthusiast is a person who enjoys using computers and electronic equipment. Enthusiasts are willing to learn more of the ins and outs of a product than the average consumer, who just wants to use it. An enthusiast is more like a "prosumer." See high-tech people, consumer and prosumer.
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Deep lines appeared on his forehead; for it is an awful thing for a football enthusiast to be compelled to applaud, in the very middle of the Cup-ties, purely by means of facial expression.
But while he was thus becoming assimilated to the enthusiasts, his contempt, in nowise decreasing towards them, grew very fierce against himself; he imagined, also, that every face of his acquaintance wore a sneer, and that every word addressed to him was a gibe.
Her very aspect proved that she was blameless, so far as mortal could be so, in respect to God and man; while the enthusiast, in her robe of sackcloth and girdle of knotted cord, had as evidently violated the duties of the present life and the future, by fixing her attention wholly on the latter.
To be an enthusiast had become her social vocation and, sometimes even when she did not feel like it, she became enthusiastic in order not to disappoint the expectations of those who knew her.
Holdsworthy was an enthusiast over flowers, and a half lunatic over raising prize poultry; and these engrossing madnesses were a source of perpetual joy to Daylight, who looked on in tolerant good humor.
So it happened that when Bell ran to Ellis as a young enthusiast and told his experiments, Ellis informed him that Helmholtz had done the same things several years before and done them more completely.
It's my misfortune to be an enthusiast," she said, turning to Katharine.
Other models failing her for a time, she undertook to cast her own pretty foot, and the family were one day alarmed by an unearthly bumping and screaming and running to the rescue, found the young enthusiast hopping wildly about the shed with her foot held fast in a pan full of plaster, which had hardened with unexpected rapidity.
Rather than studying gun enthusiasts though literature and statistics, or from behind a duck blind to ensure "objectivity," Kohn spent time with enthusiasts, interviewing them, taking classes with them, and shooting with them.
The couple, aged 25 and 35 respectively, opened an indoor golf centre in March, that has steadily become more popular among Sudbury's golf enthusiasts.
Roller coaster enthusiasts say the Tornado, already operating at a few other Six Flags parks throughout the nation, is one of the best of its kind.
Frost & Sullivan does not expect a drop in the popularity of vehicle modification because it is a status symbol among younger enthusiasts, but these enthusiasts will soon start demanding the maximum value for their money.