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Distraught, losing right to arrest a zealot (7)


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'zealot' is the definition.
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'distraught losing right to arrest a' is the wordplay.
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'a' could be 'an' and 'an' is found in the answer.
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(Other definitions for fanatic that I've seen before include "Narrow-minded enthusiast" , "Devotee beyond reason" , "Bigot - enthusiast" , "Person filled with excessive zeal for cause" , "Extreme zealot" .)

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