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

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

Examples of extremism in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Crudely designed, with little ability to appeal decisions to actual human beings, these systems seem to be more equipped to disable pages like Nolan’s than to respond to right-wing extremism and threats of violence. Jacob Silverman, The New Republic, "How a Bunch of Revolutionary War Reenactors Got Caught Up in Facebook’s Purge of Militia Groups," 5 Apr. 2021 On March 25, the House Energy and Commerce Committee hosted a hearing on social media, extremism, and misinformation. Christopher Hutton, Washington Examiner, "Vermont Rep. Peter Welch proposes new regulatory agency to oversee Big Tech," 1 Apr. 2021 The research did not include Black extremist groups because few exist, said Ashley Mattheis, an anthropologist at the University of North Carolina who studies violent extremism and propaganda. Simone Weichselbaum And Joseph Neff, USA TODAY, "Hate speech cases are hard to win. So police, prosecutors use workarounds to jail white extremists," 1 Apr. 2021 Just last week, Google's CEO Sundar Pichai -- along with Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey -- testified at a House hearing on social media's role in promoting extremism and misinformation online. Catherine Thorbecke, ABC News, "Google pledges nearly $30 million to fight online misinformation, fake news," 31 Mar. 2021 On Thursday, Sundar Pichai, the chief executive of Alphabet, Google’s parent company, joined the chief executives of Facebook and Twitter in testifying before Congress about the spread of extremism and disinformation. New York Times, "On Google Podcasts, a Buffet of Hate," 25 Mar. 2021 Lawmakers on Thursday are questioning Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg, Twitter's Jack Dorsey and Google's Sundar Pichai about the companies' role in promoting extremism and misinformation online. Musadiq Bidar, CBS News, "Watch Live: Facebook, Twitter and Google chiefs testify on extremism and misinformation," 25 Mar. 2021 On Thursday, Zuckerberg, along with the CEOs of Twitter and Google, will testify before Congress about extremism and misinformation on their platforms. Barbara Ortutay, Anchorage Daily News, "Facebook reckons with its dark side in a post-2020 world," 25 Mar. 2021 On Thursday, Zuckerberg, along with the CEOs of Twitter and Google, will testify before Congress about extremism and misinformation on their platforms. Barbara Ortutay, chicagotribune.com, "Facebook forced to reckon with misinformation, hate speech," 24 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of extremism

1865, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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10 Apr 2021

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“Extremism.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/extremism. Accessed 14 Apr. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of extremism

: belief in and support for ideas that are very far from what most people consider correct or reasonable

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