radicalism

noun
rad·​i·​cal·​ism | \ˈra-di-kə-ˌli-zəm \

Definition of radicalism 

1 : the quality or state of being radical

2 : the doctrines or principles of radicals

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Local media reported that Education and Culture Minister Muhajir Effendy said the parade was misinterpreted and the staff of the school, located inside a local military command, had no intention to instill radicalism in children. Fox News, "Indonesian officials defend parade of veiled kids with guns," 21 Aug. 2018 But a congressional majority for his party might equally encourage radicalism. The Economist, "AMLO, Mexico’s answer to Donald Trump," 23 June 2018 But fears of Syrizification, when a left-wing party surrenders its radicalism, means some Labour activists may be unwilling to do so. The Economist, "Why Labour is obsessed with Greek politics," 28 June 2018 The assailant had been on a nationwide database of thousands of people suspected of links to radicalism, according to a judicial official. Angela Charlton, BostonGlobe.com, "Authorities were keeping an eye on Paris attacker," 13 May 2018 The man behind a deadly knife attack in central Paris was born in Chechnya and had been on police radar for radicalism, and his parents have been detained for questioning, French authorities said Sunday, May 13, 2018. Washington Post, "Friend of French knife attacker may face charges in rampage," 18 May 2018 To these reports Steve Fraser, a labor historian and product of 1950s suburbia and 1960s radicalism, brings a longer perspective. Jedediah Purdy, The New Republic, "The Remaking of Class," 27 June 2018 The assailant was listed in a nationwide database of thousands of people suspected of links to radicalism, according to the judicial official. Angela Charlton And Elaine Ganley, chicagotribune.com, "Parents, friend of Chechnya-born Paris attacker questioned," 13 May 2018 Like the Carcassonne killer, the Paris assailant was listed in a nationwide database of thousands of people suspected of links to radicalism, according to the judicial official. Elaine Ganley, The Seattle Times, "French police question parents, friend of Paris attacker," 13 May 2018

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1817, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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radicalism

noun

English Language Learners Definition of radicalism

: the opinions and behavior of people who favor extreme changes especially in government : radical political ideas and behavior

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