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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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 His dark night of the soul begins with his decision to keep a diary and leads him to contemplate an act of violent, suicidal political extremism. New York Times, "‘First Reformed’ Asks, Can God Forgive Us? Its Director Has an Answer," 20 June 2018 Moonshot repeated this practice, called The Redirect Method, around a variety of tragic events, all of which saw similar spikes in internet searches connected to violence and extremism. NBC News, "Google-backed startup uses internet ads to counter online extremism," 28 Mar. 2018 And despite a massive counter-terrorism crackdown since the 2002 Bali bombings, the past several years have seen increased activity by militants who’ve been reinvigorated by the extremism of the Islamic State group. Stephen Wright, The Seattle Times, "As Asian Games host, Indonesia has more at stake than sport," 13 Aug. 2018 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

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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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