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 extremist (audio) \ noun or adjective

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Modi also called for strong action for combating extremism so that the powers spreading violence and terror cannot mislead young people. Ashok Sharma, The Seattle Times, "Saudi crown prince backs India’s fight against terrorism," 20 Feb. 2019 In 2018, her most interesting work (to my mind) focused on the platforms’ algorithms — how social media’s tool for personally tailoring content to individual users has bred political extremism. Zack Beauchamp, Vox, "The 9 thinkers who made sense of 2018’s chaos," 27 Dec. 2018 The gradual move away from 4chan as the progenitor of most of our memes is partly a natural cultural response to the evolving extremism that has taken over much of that site’s culture. Aja Romano, Vox, "Dank no more: internet memes are evolving from edgy to cute.," 3 Oct. 2018 The leaders of Germany's three governing parties are meeting in Berlin on Tuesday to decide the fate of the country's domestic intelligence chief amid calls for him to be fired over his approach to far-right extremism. Fox News, "Top German spy ousted after clash with Merkel over migrants," 18 Sep. 2018 The country’s alarming drift back to authoritarianism and right-wing extremism is just the latest episode. András Szántó, Condé Nast Traveler, "Why Budapest Is Europe's Unlikely Capital of Hedonism," 29 Aug. 2018 The officials discussed the crises in Yemen and Syria, the situation in the Red Sea region and efforts to fight terrorism and extremism, Mr. Jubeir said, according to the channel. Courtney Mcbride, WSJ, "Pompeo Stresses Friendship With Saudis, Amid Storm Clouds," 14 Jan. 2019 And number two, definitely combatting terrorism and extremism. Fox News, "'Special Report' panel on fallout from Russian indictments," 14 July 2018 Failure to address land issues could stoke further conflict and push more people into extremism, the report said. Rina Chandran, The Christian Science Monitor, "Philippine city ushers in 'community-led rehabilitation' after siege," 29 June 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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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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