variants or less commonly alt right
: a right-wing, primarily online political movement or grouping based in the U.S. whose members reject mainstream conservative politics and espouse extremist beliefs and policies typically centered on ideas of white nationalism
Welcome to the alt-right. The label blends together straight-up white supremacists, nationalists who think conservatives have sold out to globalization, and nativists who fear immigration will spur civil disarray.Dylan Matthews
Rather than concede the moral high ground to the left, the alt right turns the left's moralism on its head and makes it a badge of honor to be called "racist," "homophobic," and "sexist."Benjamin Welton
Regardless of who triumphs at the ballot box, the biggest winner of this presidential election may be the alt-right: a sprawling coalition of reactionary conservatives who have lobbied to make the United States more "traditional," more "populist" and more white.Jonathon Morgan
often used before another noun
an alt-right manifesto
Secularism is indeed correlated with greater tolerance of gay marriage and pot legalization. But it's also making America's partisan clashes more brutal. And it has contributed to the rise of … the so-called alt-right movement, whose members see themselves as proponents of white nationalism.Peter Beinart

Examples of alt-right in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Related Articles Donald Trump and the alt-right threaten generations of proud American global leadership. Letters To The Editor, The Mercury News, 31 Jan. 2024 But on the second day of class this winter, internet trolls spouting alt-right and transphobic language raided those channels, flooding them with images of gore. Andrew J. Campa, Los Angeles Times, 17 Jan. 2024 Closely identified with the alt-right, this theory sparked the deadly shooting at the Pittsburgh Tree of Life Synagogue five years ago, the deadliest single day ever for American Jews, as well as at a Buffalo supermarket last year. Christiaan Hetzner, Fortune, 17 Nov. 2023 While Pepe, created by the artist Matt Furie, has no inherent link to extremism, he has for years been claimed by alt-right communities, dating back to Donald Trump‘s 2016 presidential campaign. Miles Klee, Rolling Stone, 25 Oct. 2023 Selfie with Sam Hyde shirt Last week, Doja Cat posted, then deleted, a photo of herself wearing a shirt showing YouTuber Sam Hyde, who is known for his alt-right leanings. Daysia Tolentino, NBC News, 12 Oct. 2023 Blogger Seth Simons decried the festival as a bastion of alt-right comedy to Slate and The New Republic in 2019 . Julie Seabaugh, Los Angeles Times, 11 Oct. 2023 The video chat room was associated online with alt-right and white supremacist movements, and fans decried Doja’s presence in such a space. Ct Jones, Rolling Stone, 10 Oct. 2023 In recent years, Doja came under fire for tweeting homophobic slurs to describe rappers Earl Sweatshirt and Tyler, the Creator, and was accused of participating in alt-right chat rooms. Mitchell Peters, Billboard, 7 Oct. 2023 See More

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Word History


short for alternative right

First Known Use

2009, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of alt-right was in 2009

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“Alt-right.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Mar. 2024.

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