lunatic fringe


Definition of lunatic fringe

: the members of a usually political or social movement espousing extreme, eccentric, or fanatical views

Examples of lunatic fringe in a Sentence

His nomination is opposed by the party's lunatic fringe.

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The 63 million or so Americans who voted for Donald Trump weren’t the lunatic fringe. Daniel Henninger, WSJ, "High Noon for Judge Kavanaugh," 3 Oct. 2018 And this prediction isn’t coming from the lunatic fringes of tech, either. Ana Veciana-suarez, miamiherald, "Humans and robots on the verge of getting romantically involved | Miami Herald," 29 Jan. 2018 On the site, the ease with which a person on can be transported from any innocuous search to the lunatic fringe of YouTube is startling. NBC News, "As algorithms take over, YouTube's recommendations highlight a human problem," 19 Apr. 2018 Look, over 60 million voters are not a lunatic fringe. Fox News, "Gowdy and Scott on Mueller probe, new book," 3 Apr. 2018 Some may say the Charlottesville riot was the lunatic fringe of the right and left, with no particular relevance to what falls in between. Daniel Henninger, WSJ, "The Politics of Pointlessness," 16 Aug. 2017

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1913, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of lunatic fringe

: the members of a political or social group or movement who have the most extreme or foolish ideas

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