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Intense and organized support for a politician may be referred to as a personality cult, particularly in authoritarian or totalitarian regimes.
Fans of professional wrestling can be divided into two groups: marks and smarks.
Fans who are not groupies prefer the term supporter.
Otaku is a Japanese term for people with obsessive interests.
Fans often have a "wish to acquire" material objects related to the area of interest, such as a baseball hit by a famous slugger or a used guitar pick from their musical hero.
The degree of devotion to celebrities can range from a simple crush to the deluded belief that they have a special relationship with the star which does not exist.
Merriam-Webster, the Oxford dictionary and other sources define "fan" as a shortened version of the word fanatic.
Fanatic itself, introduced into English around 1550, means "marked by excessive enthusiasm and often intense uncritical devotion".
It comes from the Modern Latin fanaticus, meaning "insanely but divinely inspired".
The word originally pertained to a temple or sacred place [Latin fanum, poetic English fane].