What is another word for "follow religiously" in a non religious context?

  • Support will agree with their candidate's views religiously despite being obviously flawed, as he is their candidate
  • Interns suck up to the decision maker religiously to gain favour and get access to their network

Detailed Background:

In a large company, coworkers automatically support the viewpoints of this high position individual, disagree with his stance, and he will scorn you, you won't get support from coworkers and will be a adverse on your career growth in the company as he is notorious for unfairly badmouth you behind your back for disagreeing with him as he has a tremendous belief of self worth. Strongly agreeing with him will be good for your career as he is trusted in the company and he is a key decision maker. The end result irrespective of the viewpoints made, his positions are blindly followed although some are clearly incorrect, but people don't call him out for it. People will agree him to try gain favour as they keep the end result in mind.

I find in describing the above situation I use too many words and would like to use less. IMO using too many words does make it sound complainy.

Edit: I am also looking for a noun to describe the person (still same context) e.g. follow blindly without examination of their teaching.

Tom is a nincompoop for continuing to follow Peter and think he is an intellectual genius

  • Definition says with care and dedication. I'm looking for more like blindly followed or followed for the sake of following to be part of the "in-group"
    – dfmetro
    Oct 19, 2016 at 10:45
  • Sycophant or Servile come to mind. Oct 19, 2016 at 13:53
  • Dedication is certainly worth mentioning. Oct 30, 2016 at 21:18

3 Answers 3


You should check zealously.

Support will agree with their candidate's views zealously despite being obviously flawed, as he is their candidate.
Interns suck up to the decision maker zealously to gain favour and get access to their network.

Someone who is zealous is just driven by their zeal towards their ultimate aim (in the context) like making the candidate win or gain favour of the target person, so they may end up blindly supporting them.


zealous adjective

: marked by fervent partisanship for a person, a cause, or an ideal : filled with or characterized by zeal : zealous missionaries

  • zealously adverb

zeal noun

: eagerness and ardent interest in pursuit of something : fervor : her zeal to succeed strained her relationships

partisan noun

1 : a firm adherent to a party, faction, cause, or person; especially : one exhibiting blind, prejudiced, and unreasoning allegiance

  • partisan adjective
  • partisanly adverb
  • partisanship noun
  • Thanks. Good suggestions. Zealot and zealously still has a strong religious connection. Partisan doesn't necessary mean he is a subordinate. I thought of word like concubine, concubinage might also be suitable if it didn't have such a strong sexual meaning
    – dfmetro
    Oct 19, 2016 at 11:36
  • I haven't mentioned zealot, and zealous does not connote anything religious IMHO. Partisan was mentioned not as a suggestion on its own but only to clarify the definition of zealous. Oct 19, 2016 at 11:44
  • Yep, Zealot and the words derived from it have a religious origin, and still have pro- and anti-Zealot factions.
    – Hot Licks
    Oct 19, 2016 at 12:50

A political word that could fit that is similar to partisan but with more focus on being a blind follower.


1: a member of a Communist apparat

2: a blindly devoted official, follower, or member of an organization (as a corporation or political party)




a person who is or acts like a weak servant of someone powerful

Merriam Webster

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