This word has several meanings, some of which are religious. But let's focus on this one:
An acolyte is a devoted follower. In other words, an acolyte is a person who adores, admires, and obeys someone.
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Part of speech:
(Countable nouns, like “bottle,” “piece,” and “decision,” are words for things that can be broken into exact units. You talk about “a bottle,” “three pieces,” and “many decisions.”
Likewise, talk about one acolyte or multiple acolytes.)
How to use it:
When you need a stronger word than "fan" or "follower," pick "acolyte," and be aware that the tone is a little critical; you're hinting that someone is a very devoted fan, almost like a worshiper or a slave.
So, talk about someone's acolytes (or the acolytes of someone,) a crowd of acolytes, a mass of adoring acolytes, etc.
Acolytes usually follow and adore a person or group of people (such as a politician, a musician or band, an athlete or team, and so on) but you can also talk about acolytes of a brand, a company, an idea, a trend, or a movement.
In the hilarious movie Josie and the Pussycats, which is sort of a critique of the music industry, the band gets discovered one day and then somehow has millions of instant acolytes.
I'm not quite sure I understand the appeal of that company's products... and I don't really get their acolytes, either. To each their own!
Look away from the screen to explain the definition in your own words. You’ll know you understand what "acolyte" means when you can explain it without saying "follower" or "fanatic."
Think of someone who has die-hard fans (maybe you're one of those fans?), and fill in the blanks: "At/When/During _____, acolytes are always willing to _____."
Example: "At comic book conventions, acolytes are always willing to wait in a long line and pay a hefty fee for Patrick Stewart's autograph."
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A Point Well Made:
Eleanor Roosevelt: “You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, ‘I have lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along.’"
1. The opposite of ACOLYTE is
2. To its acolytes, I'm sure the selfie movement is _____.
A. a baffling and narcissistic habit
B. a profound means of self-expression
C. tolerated in hopes that it will go away soon
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