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 These six years weren't all COVID and Republican radicalism, of course. David Faris, The Week, 12 May 2022 That law, passed last year, has been used to close some mosques and Islamic associations accused of fostering radicalism. New York Times, 17 Apr. 2022 Julia, a new HBO series about the famed chef, explores the radicalism of an untamed appetite—whatever the age. Sophie Gilbert, The Atlantic, 7 Apr. 2022 The radicalism of the cultural moment is underscored by the emergence of family secrets, once buried in the name of class and decorum and now fuelling raw desires. The New Yorker, 7 Mar. 2022 The series’ snapshot of the friends’ young-adult struggles include their efforts to obtain contraception, some of their former classmates hardening into radicalism, and Lila and Lenu’s small children growing wiser to the dysfunctions around them. Washington Post, 4 Feb. 2022 In the hysterical post-Roe scramble, Democrats are sure to show their hand on this radicalism. Nate Hochman, National Review, 6 May 2022 Beyond making 2022 a referendum on Republican radicalism, Democrats should also embrace being woke. Dean Obeidallah, CNN, 24 Apr. 2022 The belief that Gramsci somehow privileged the cultural domain over the political and economic helped justify the materialist allergies of at least two generations of professors, while keeping their nominal radicalism intact. Thomas Meaney, The New Republic, 30 Mar. 2022 See More

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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 23 May. 2022.

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