ex·​trem·​ism | \ ik-ˈstrē-ˌmi-zəm How to pronounce extremism (audio) \

Definition of extremism

1 : the quality or state of being extreme
2 : advocacy of extreme measures or views : radicalism

Other Words from extremism

extremist \ ik-​ˈstrē-​mist How to pronounce extremism (audio) \ noun or adjective

Examples of extremism in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Everything—socialist economic policy, woke cultural extremism. Peggy Noonan, WSJ, 12 May 2022 Any previous extremism in those ranks traced back to the fact that the Azov Battalion had been a volunteer organization years ago, but much has changed since then, the Ukrainian president said. Fox News, 9 May 2022 The extremism of the draft has given rise to theories about who leaked it and why—to prevent further edits or to force them? Amy Davidson Sorkin, The New Yorker, 8 May 2022 The idea that psychiatric disorders influence extremism is hotly contested. Meleah Lyden, Orlando Sentinel, 7 May 2022 Such is writer Dustin Lance Black’s transporting examination of his former faith and its intersection with extremism, based on the book by Jon Krakauer. Los Angeles Times Staff, Los Angeles Times, 6 May 2022 Rusty Hills, the former chair of the Michigan Republican Party, argued that extremism is a losing strategy. Richard Galant, CNN, 1 May 2022 There was also repression against Sufis during that era, as the influence of hard-line Sunni extremism became stronger under Taliban rule. Washington Post, 30 Apr. 2022 Donovan, who is an expert in online extremism, media manipulation and disinformation campaigns, said that Musk has posted transphobic content in the past. NBC News, 29 Apr. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of extremism

1865, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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16 May 2022

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“Extremism.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/extremism. Accessed 22 May. 2022.

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