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.
Recent Examples on the Web Like a crazy right wing lunatic fringe like Josh Hawley. Staff Reports, cleveland, 7 Aug. 2023 And then on Wednesday, Mace voted with much of her party’s lunatic fringe—Matt Gaetz, Andy Biggs, Ken Buck—against the deal to raise the debt ceiling struck by House Speaker Kevin McCarthy and President Joe Biden. Alex Shephard, The New Republic, 2 June 2023 Or worse, the lunatic fringe. William Cummings, USA TODAY, 28 Dec. 2020 Trump has made this the centerpiece of his faux presidential campaign, falling further and further into the land of the lunatic fringe. Keith Kloor, Discover Magazine, 9 Apr. 2011 An Executive Council meeting at the college, where the state was to formally accept $27 million in federal vaccine aid, was canceled after it was hijacked by a bunch of lunatic fringe antivaxxers., 30 Sep. 2021 Davis endured nasty and sometimes threatening letters from a true lunatic fringe. Scott Ostler, San Francisco Chronicle, 29 May 2021 And yet, in recent months, the lab leak thesis has inched its way from the lunatic fringe towards the credible center of American public discourse. Eamon Barrett, Fortune, 25 May 2021 Republicans disavow their lunatic fringe just enough to create a prophylactic of plausible deniability, while allowing the tumors to metastasize. Alyson Cole, Fortune, 4 Mar. 2021 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1913, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of lunatic fringe was in 1913

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“Lunatic fringe.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Dec. 2023.

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