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 extremism (audio) \ noun or adjective

Examples of extremism in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web White supremacist extremism is on the rise, and refusing to talk about its root, slavery, will not solve anything. Emma Colton, Washington Examiner, "Chelsea Handler and Alyssa Milano urge Biden to implement federal slavery reparations to 'atone for the pain' of white supremacy," 15 Apr. 2021 The former House speaker rose to his leadership position on a wave of Tea Party support in 2011 before resigning in 2015, and has been accused of opening the door to a new era of GOP extremism. Elizabeth Elkind, CBS News, "Boehner isn't to blame for today's GOP extremism, he says: "The American people opened the door"," 12 Apr. 2021 In a landmark speech Oct. 2, Macron said the French state had had a role in allowing extremism to spread. NBC News, "Bill aims to tackle rising extremism in France. Some say it's an infringement of rights.," 29 Mar. 2021 Despite disagreements over the scope of the extremism problem, witnesses did suggest some steps the Pentagon could take to mitigate the problem — many of them surrounding the screening of new recruits. al, "Mike Rogers: No concrete evidence of violent extremism in military," 24 Mar. 2021 There were many other indications that racially motivated extremism had reached terrorist levels. Dahleen Glanton, chicagotribune.com, "Column: The Senate hearing proves white supremacy played a big role in the Capitol Hill riot," 3 Mar. 2021 The only notable extremism on display was the majority party’s appetite for regulating and policing the free press. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "The Censorship Party," 25 Feb. 2021 This has led to concerns about anti-government and racist extremism growing in both law enforcement and the military. Cliff Pinckard, cleveland, "Ohio deputy under investigation after posting 3 Percenters flag on Facebook page, reports say," 12 Feb. 2021 Would extremism have found such a loving home in comedy without McInnes? Seth Simons, The New Republic, "The Comedy Industry Has a Big Alt-Right Problem," 9 Feb. 2021

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First Known Use of extremism

1865, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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22 Apr 2021

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“Extremism.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/extremism. Accessed 23 Apr. 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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