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One that supports a cause, especially vehemently.

drum′beat′ing n.
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a person who strongly supports a cause publicly
Collins English Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged, 12th Edition 2014 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1994, 1998, 2000, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2014
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.drumbeater - a fervent and even militant proponent of something
advocate, advocator, exponent, proponent - a person who pleads for a cause or propounds an idea
bigot - a prejudiced person who is intolerant of any opinions differing from his own
doctrinaire, dogmatist - a stubborn person of arbitrary or arrogant opinions
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As the convoy reached the village, a man from the crowd shouted: 'Dhol mar aa dholia' (beat the drum o drumbeater).
Winthrop was a drumbeater. He is perhaps best known to history for urging his fellow colonists to appreciate that the eyes of the world were upon them and that, accordingly, they should "consider that we shall be as a City upon a Hill"--that is, that they should conduct themselves so as to serve as shining examples for those left behind in Old England.
In sum, "framing can be an insidious, even in advertent, barrier to new ideas, as well as a potent drumbeater for both stereotypes and the status quo" (Witt et al., 1995, p.
As a result one of eunuchs identified as Sana and drumbeater Ibrahim were killed on the spot while Mukhtiar, Rafiq and Qamar were injured.
He's an excellent drumbeater. His conclusion in The Trap--a purely negative conception of liberty provides a shoddy basis for a good society and is itself based on a specious conception of what it means to be human--is, if occasionally based on certain oddball ideas, nonetheless right-on.
Over the past two years, Friedman has also served as Americans Elect's loudest and most influential drumbeater.
Local permit-holder Bernard Scriven sent out his first winner for over five years when Drumbeater, partnered by Mark Quinlan, stayed on strongly to thwart Jewellery in the 3m1/2f handicap hurdle.
Since her star-making turn in Titanic 13 years ago, Kate has always gone to great pains to distance herself from other actresses, even going so far as to call herself "a very vocal drumbeater for normal women".
Earlier in the afternoon, Philip Hobbs' DRUMBEATER can give a good account at decent odds in the Betfredcasino Handicap Hurdle (2.20).
The Supreme Leader gelding lost his way alittle last season but he looked to be travelling well within himself last time in a decent handicap at Newbury last month when coming down at the eighth.Provided he's none the worse for that tumble and with the stable flying Drumbeater should give a real good account of himself.
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