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What does "of near-religious proportions" mean in this sentence: "Gromyko's response evinced a belief in Marxism of near-religious proportions" (The Triumph of Improvisation p 85)

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Gromyko's response made people think that the strength ("proportions") of his (Gromyko's) belief in Marxism was nearly as great as, and of a similar nature to, the belief in God held by devout religious people.

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