radical chic

noun

Definition of radical chic

: a fashionable practice among socially prominent people of associating with radicals or members of minority groups

Examples of radical chic in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The Castro regime enthusiastically circulated photographs of the British delegation in front of a Che Guevara icon in Havana, a tired and gimmicky invocation of 1960s radical chic that’s even more farcical in the 21st century. Mary Anastasia O’grady, WSJ, "Prince Charles and the Torturers," 31 Mar. 2019 Other stars include Liv Tyler; Peter Mullan; a slithery Mark Gatiss, as the court operator Sir Robert Cecil; and Tom Cullen, whose fearsome Guy Fawkes is a barbarous departure from the radical chic symbol favored by many hackers and activists. Jeremy Egner, New York Times, "Kit Harington Isn’t Trying to Compete With ‘Game of Thrones’," 14 Dec. 2017

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First Known Use of radical chic

1970, in the meaning defined above

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“Radical chic.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/radical%20chic. Accessed 10 December 2019.

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