There is a connotation here of being a bit overzealous, maybe even unreasonable.

Imagine the person who goes on a rant about environmental saftey when someone says "pass the butter".

  • One that fits this description might be referred to as a zealot, or a partisan. Stubborn is another word that comes to mind.
    – Othya
    Mar 17, 2015 at 14:31
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    The term "touchy" comes to mind. That person is too touchy about environmentalism. "Sensitive" works in a similar way. Mar 17, 2015 at 14:46
  • Bigot is the first thing that came to mind for me.
    – SUM GUY
    Mar 17, 2015 at 14:51
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    @SUMGUY bigot doesn't really apply here... there's no indication that the people that he is ranting at share a different opinion. Mar 17, 2015 at 15:23
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    The word I'd use is fanatic: A person marked or motivated by an extreme, unreasoning enthusiasm, as for a cause.
    – user66974
    Mar 17, 2015 at 15:24

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My personal favorite in this regard is wingnut:

  • slang : one who advocates extreme measures or changes (Merriam-Webster)

  • an American slang term for a person who holds extreme political (especially right-wing) views (Wikipedia)


"Blindered" like horses. "Compulsive," "overfocused," "hyperfocused." I know these don't have the political overtones, but they capture the hypersensitivity and the inability to see anything else.

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