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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Then came the Christchurch white-supremicist terrorist attacks, and calls for the platforms to take action to curb extremism and violence. The Economist, "Regulating Big Tech makes them stronger, so they need competition instead," 6 June 2019 YouTube has faced a wave of criticism as social media sites are increasingly blamed for the spread of extremism and harassment online. Sophie Lewis, CBS News, "YouTube plans to ban thousands of white supremacist and extremist videos," 5 June 2019 Ironically, the Iran Disinformation Project was funded by the State Department’s Global Engagement Center, which was begun to combat online extremism and propaganda. Jason Rezaian, The Denver Post, "Guest Commentary: The State Department has been funding trolls. I’m one of their targets.," 4 June 2019 Yet Democrats also could blow the opportunity, with a combination of policy extremism and internal stridency. Gerald F. Seib, WSJ, "Democrats Face Great Opportunity—and High Peril," 11 Feb. 2019 Having an alternative social network to extremism, including family, was critical to successful disengagement and reintegration. Julie Chernov Hwang, Washington Post, "New research shows why terrorists quit terrorism," 12 July 2018 The Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution, or BfV, said in its annual report on extremism in Germany that the Reichsbuerger movement increased to about 16,500 people last year from about 10,000 in 2016. Frank Jordans, The Seattle Times, "Germany: Sharp rise in number of anti-government extremists," 24 July 2018 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

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First Known Use of extremism

1865, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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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