radicalism

noun
rad·​i·​cal·​ism | \ ˈra-di-kə-ˌli-zəm How to pronounce radicalism (audio) \

Definition of radicalism

1 : the quality or state of being radical
2 : the doctrines or principles of radicals

Examples of radicalism in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The government says those facilities are job training centers and its activities are aimed at thwarting terrorism and radicalism. Washington Post, "China demands US lift tech curbs, will ‘safeguard’ interests," 9 Oct. 2019 The government says those facilities are job training centers and its activities are aimed at thwarting terrorism and radicalism. San Diego Union-Tribune, "China demands US lift tech curbs, will ‘safeguard’ interests," 8 Oct. 2019 The reach of Corbyn’s state-building radicalism, meanwhile, may have found its natural limit. Sam Knight, The New Yorker, "Can Jeremy Corbyn Lose the British Election and Still Win?," 26 Nov. 2019 Creating a leading man who sports a long beard and robes – an appearance many westerners associate with radicalism – is a radical act, in the best sense of the word. Elizabeth Toohey, The Christian Science Monitor, "‘Pride and Prejudice,’ eh? What if Jane Austen were Muslim Canadian?," 6 June 2019 The Muslim leaders acknowledged that some imams have fueled radicalism, and urged all imams to preach peace, notably online. Fox News, "Accused of new anti-Semitism, French Muslims speak out," 26 Apr. 2018 These failures—perhaps more than the toxicity of the web—underlie the meanness and radicalism of our era. Derek Thompson, The Atlantic, "The Real Trouble With Silicon Valley," 17 Dec. 2019 The government says those facilities are job training centers and its activities are aimed at thwarting terrorism and radicalism. San Diego Union-Tribune, "China demands US lift tech curbs, will ‘safeguard’ interests," 8 Oct. 2019 The government says those facilities are job training centers and its activities are aimed at thwarting terrorism and radicalism. Joe Mcdonald, USA TODAY, "China demands US to discard tech sanctions ahead of high-stakes trade talks," 1 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of radicalism

1817, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Radicalism.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/radicalism. Accessed 19 Feb. 2020.

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radicalism

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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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