extremism

noun
ex·​trem·​ism | \ ik-ˈstrē-ˌmi-zəm \

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 \ noun or adjective

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He had been flagged for extremism and was on a watch list. Elaine Ganley, The Seattle Times, "Gunman from Christmas market attack in France still at large," 12 Dec. 2018 Indeed, the 2008 election of America’s first non-white president, combined with the economic collapse of 2007 and 2008, had created fertile ground for hateful, right-wing extremism. Todd Vanderwerff, Vox, "Domestic terrorism is on the rise. Why won’t cable news networks say so?," 29 Oct. 2018 This combination of courage and decency that set America on a journey into the world to liberate death camps, to stand guard against extremism, and to work for the true peace that comes only with freedom. Lauren Hubbard, Town & Country, "Read the Full Transcript of George W. Bush's Eulogy for John McCain," 1 Sep. 2018 The bill, a Duterte priority, is seen as a way to end a decadeslong bloody separatist conflict that had become a hotbed for Islamist extremism. Jake Maxwell Watts, WSJ, "Former Philippine President Arroyo Returns as Powerful Duterte Ally," 24 July 2018 Trump also said the U.S. needs Saudi Arabia’s help to counter Iran in the region, fight extremism and keep oil prices steady. Deb Riechmann, The Seattle Times, "Trump’s embrace of Saudi Arabia causes GOP rift," 21 Nov. 2018 The study is careful not to lay blame place at the feet of individual reporters, instead seeking to address structural flaws in the way many outlets think about extremism and extremists. Miranda Katz, WIRED, "How the Media Helped Legitimize Extremism," 25 May 2018 For the fight against extremism and intolerance and sectarianism are of a piece with the fight against authoritarianism and nationalist aggression. Michael Sebastian, Town & Country, "Here's the Full Transcript of Obama's Farewell Address," 11 Jan. 2017 But whether anyone intends it to or not, this mixture of social, political, and algorithmic preferences for extremism means that a 17-year-old kid who begins watching videos on the YouTube right can get drawn into very dark places very fast. Casey Newton, The Verge, "The case that Russia is winning the cyberwar," 25 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of extremism

1865, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of extremism was in 1865

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extremism

noun

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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