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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Other Words from extremism

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

Examples of extremism in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But Russia could now also be forced to defend Central Asian client states against Islamist extremism in Afghanistan. Andrew E. Kramer, New York Times, 17 Aug. 2021 But Russia could now also be forced to defend Central Asian client states against Islamist extremism in Afghanistan. BostonGlobe.com, 16 Aug. 2021 And while the fight against Islamic extremism was a signature of international relations two decades ago, it has been superseded by a new era of great power competition and cyber conflict with nation states like China and Russia. CNN, 13 Aug. 2021 At a high-level meeting in Beijing, Xi railed against religious extremism. David Remnic, The New Yorker, 3 Aug. 2021 The violence spurred action against extremism by tech and financial companies. Rebecca Ballhaus, WSJ, 16 June 2021 Moscow prosecutors are also seeking to disband Navalny’s nongovernmental group under a law against extremism. NBC News, 17 May 2021 For Garland, the fight against far-right extremism also resonates on a personal level. Matt Ford, The New Republic, 26 Apr. 2021 But the struggle is far from over as Chad — a key Western ally in the fight against violent extremism — confronts uprisings and insurgencies from practically every direction. Washington Post, 23 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of extremism

1865, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Extremism.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/extremism. Accessed 19 Sep. 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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