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

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Recent Examples on the Web The former’s radicalism, the implication goes, is enabled by the latter’s worldview. Washington Post, "France and the spectral menace of ‘Islamo-leftism’," 22 Feb. 2021 This procedural radicalism won’t be the political winner the party imagines. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "Senate Filibuster Showdown," 21 Jan. 2021 And it's led WallStreetBets' evolution into an unprecedented force of retail-investing financial radicalism, offering the allure of get-rich-quick gains to a rapidly expanding audience of millions. CNN, "Inside the Reddit army that's crushing Wall Street," 29 Jan. 2021 In the new Middle East, the younger generation is turning its back on religious radicalism, and Arab public opinion is moving to accept the presence of a Jewish state. Walter Russell Mead, WSJ, "Trump’s Middle East Metamorphosis," 19 Oct. 2020 This comprehensive history represents a corrective to the idea that 1960s West Coast activism was confined to Northern California as well as a rebuke to readings of radicalism through a dominant white lens. David L. Ulin, Los Angeles Times, "The 10 best California books of 2020," 17 Dec. 2020 Despite his later radicalism, Pollock’s origins were modest and his training traditional. Cammy Brothers, WSJ, "On the Road to Abstraction," 20 Nov. 2020 The industry is stamping out political radicalism, and most of its storytelling power is concentrated in the hands of mega-moguls such as Jack Warner, Darryl Zanuck, and Louis B. Mayer. David Sims, The Atlantic, "Why a Movie About Citizen Kane Matters in 2020," 9 Nov. 2020 The aim was to have the mosque under state control, Mr. Kalantzis said, adding that a site overseen by the state was less likely to become a breeding ground for radicalism. Niki Kitsantonis, New York Times, "It Took a Century to Open a Mosque in Athens. Then Came the Pandemic.," 14 Nov. 2020

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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 28 Feb. 2021.

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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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