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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After a lifetime devoted to the study of proslavery radicalism, William Freehling, arguably the nation’s leading neorevisionist, has produced a characteristically audacious study of Abraham Lincoln. James Oakes, The New York Review of Books, "The Great Divide," 23 May 2019 And its radicalism, which is real, lies in the area that has so far attracted least attention. The Economist, "Corbynomics would change Britain—but not in the way most people think," 17 May 2018 While the Democratic House anguished over articles of impeachment and wasted time on showboat-y oversight hearings, Trump could lament their obstruction and radicalism. Chris Stirewalt, Fox News, "No, free market conservatives are not becoming Dems," 31 July 2018 That radicalism grew gradually, and then accelerated at Harvard and on other campuses across the land in the spring of 1968, when King was fatally shot in Memphis and Kennedy was slain after winning the California primary for president. Brian Macquarrie, BostonGlobe.com, "50 years later, Harvard graduates look back on year of tumult and tragedy," 19 May 2018 Given its importance for the evolution of societies, radicalism seems worth exploring. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "Political radicals don’t evaluate their own errors—about anything," 21 Dec. 2018 The results of their confidence in the dot estimating test were then compared to their tendencies toward radicalism. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "Political radicals don’t evaluate their own errors—about anything," 21 Dec. 2018 The suspect’s parents and two brothers, also known for radicalism, were detained, a judicial official said. Elaine Ganley, The Seattle Times, "Gunman from Christmas market attack in France still at large," 12 Dec. 2018 Many people view the call to abolish ICE, the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency, as an irresponsible act of radicalism. Kathleen Frydl, Vox, "Why we should abolish ICE — and the DEA too," 14 Aug. 2018

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First Known Use of radicalism

1817, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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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