- I(New American Roget's College Thesaurus)n. adherent, disciple, cohort. See accompaniment.II(Roget's IV) n.Syn. adherent, disciple, supporter, fan, partisan, attendant, henchman, hanger-on, companion, vassal, lackey, helper, acolyte, recruit, pupil, protegé, imitator, worshiper, satellite, votary, apostle, proselyte, zealot, backer, participant, sponsor, evangelist, witness, devotee, believer, advocate, member, admirer, aficionado, patron, promoter, true believer, auxiliary, coadjutor, sectary, seconder, upholder, stooge*, copycat*, yes man*, groupie*.Ant. opponent*, deserter, apostate.Syn.- follower is the general term for one who follows or believes in the teachings or theories of someone [ a follower of Freud ] ; supporter applies to one who upholds or defends opinions or theories that are disputed or under attack [ a supporter of technocracy ] ; adherent refers to a close, active follower of some theory, cause, etc. [ the adherents of a political party ] ; disciple implies a personal, devoted relationship to the teacher of some doctrine or leader of some movement [ Plato was a disciple of Socrates ] ; partisan refers to an unswerving, often blindly devoted, adherent of some person or causeIII(Roget's 3 Superthesaurus) n.disciple, fan, adherent, apostle, partisan, pupil, devotee, member, proponent, patron, votary, proselyte, henchman.ANT.: leader, mentor, detractorIV(Roget's Thesaurus II) noun One who supports and adheres to another: adherent, cohort, disciple, henchman, minion, partisan, satellite, supporter. See OVER, PRECEDE.
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