follower


follower
follower, adherent, disciple, sectary, partisan, henchman, satellite are comparable when denoting one who attaches himself to another.
Follower is the inclusive term, denoting a person who attaches himself to the person or opinions of another
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the followers of Jesus

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followers of Karl Marx

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they are creatures of the Devil, vowed to idolatry, and followers of Mithras— Nevil Shute

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Its synonyms divide themselves into two groups, the first three designating a follower through choice or conviction and the last three a follower in whom personal devotion overshadows or eclipses the critical faculty.
Adherent connotes closer and more persistent attachment than follower; it may be used without any implication of the personality of the teacher or leader
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a doctrine that gained many adherents

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the candidate lost many adherents when he announced his views on reform

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ad-herents to the Communist party— Conant

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Disciple typically presupposes a master or teacher and implies personal, often devoted, adherence to his views or doctrines
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though ... an enthusiastic student of Fourier ... he was never a mere disciple—the individualistic stamp was too strong— Rosenzweig

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but it may also imply similar adherence to a school of thought or governing principle
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there is no angler, not even the most aesthetic disciple of the dry fly— Alexander Mac Donald

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during the war years the disciples of the extreme Left sounded very much like the worst of the Negro-hating Southerners— Current Biog.

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Sectary (see also HERETIC) usually implies the acceptance of the doctrines of a teacher or body
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sectaries of Mohammed

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there dwelt, unchanged, the spirit of the Puritans and the Friends, the stiff-necked sectaries of Cromwell's army— Brooks

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Aristotle . . . has suffered from the adherence of persons who must be regarded less as his disciples than as his sectariesT. S. Eliot

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Partisan suggests such devotion to the person or opinions of another or to a party, a creed, or a school of thought that there is incapacity for seeing from any other point of view. It often, therefore, connotes bigotry or prejudice
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Laura was always a passionate partisan of her young brother— Mary Austin

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a few partisans argued for him— Mencken

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Henchman is commonly applied to a subservient follower of a political leader or boss; in extended use it connotes abject submission to the will of a dominating and, usually, unscrupulous leader or group
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the cat's-paw of corrupt functionaries and the henchman of ambitious humbugs— Shaw

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Satellite, more than any of the others, suggests devotion to the person of the leader and constant obsequious attendance on him
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Boswell was . . . made happy by an introduction to Johnson, of whom he became the obsequious satelliteIrving

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Analogous words: devotee, votary, *addict, habitué: *parasite, sycophant, toady
Antonyms: leader

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