extremism

noun

ex·​trem·​ism ik-ˈstrē-ˌmi-zəm How to pronounce extremism (audio)
1
: the quality or state of being extreme
2
: advocacy of extreme measures or views : radicalism
extremist noun or adjective

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web And since the attacks on America on Sept. 11, 2001, there has been simmering anger over Saudi Arabia’s tolerance of religious extremism. Adam Taylor, Washington Post, 14 Oct. 2022 The rising tide of extremism on TRUTH Social TRUTH appears to be looking for converts among the followers of QAnon. Megan Mccluskey, Time, 11 Oct. 2022 Vance suggested Ryan's focus on allegation of extremism was meant as a distraction from pocketbook issues important to voters, such as inflation and the price of groceries. CBS News, 11 Oct. 2022 Vance suggested Ryan’s focus on allegation of extremism was meant as a distraction from pocketbook issues important to voters, such as inflation and the price of groceries. Julie Carr Smyth, BostonGlobe.com, 10 Oct. 2022 This time around, the trial of two defendants lasted just over two weeks as the prosecution trimmed a lot of fat from the case, hoping to salvage the historical domestic terrorism case that highlighted the growth of extremism in America. Tresa Baldas, Detroit Free Press, 19 Aug. 2022 Rushdie emerged after nine years of seclusion and cautiously resumed more public appearances, maintaining his outspoken criticism of religious extremism overall. Carolyn Thompson And Hillel Italie, al, 13 Aug. 2022 Rushdie emerged after nine years of seclusion and cautiously resumed more public appearances, maintaining his outspoken criticism of religious extremism overall. Joshua Goodman, Fortune, 13 Aug. 2022 Rushdie emerged after nine years of seclusion and cautiously resumed more public appearances, maintaining his outspoken criticism of religious extremism overall. Joshua Goodman, Chicago Tribune, 12 Aug. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/extremism. Accessed 28 Nov. 2022.

Kids Definition

extremism

noun

ex·​trem·​ism ik-ˈstrē-ˌmiz-əm How to pronounce extremism (audio)
1
: the quality or state of being extreme
2
: belief in and support for extreme ideas especially in politics
extremist noun or adjective

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