radicalize

verb
rad·​i·​cal·​ize | \ ˈra-di-kə-ˌlīz How to pronounce radicalize (audio) \
radicalized; radicalizing

Definition of radicalize

transitive verb

: to make radical especially in politics

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Other Words from radicalize

radicalization \ ˌra-​di-​kə-​lə-​ˈzā-​shən How to pronounce radicalize (audio) \ noun

Examples of radicalize in a Sentence

The war has radicalized an entire generation of young people.
Recent Examples on the Web In July 2020, Donohue testified before the House Homeland Security subcommittee on intelligence and counterterrorism about how social media was being used to radicalize and foment violence in right-wing and left-wing extremist groups. Author: Carol D. Leonnig, Anchorage Daily News, "Capitol Police intelligence report warned three days before attack that ‘Congress itself’ could be targeted," 16 Jan. 2021 In July 2020, Donohue testified before the House Homeland Security subcommittee on intelligence and counterterrorism about how social media was being used to radicalize and foment violence in right-wing and left-wing extremist groups. Author: Carol D. Leonnig, Anchorage Daily News, "Capitol Police intelligence report warned three days before attack that ‘Congress itself’ could be targeted," 16 Jan. 2021 But some worry that the fallout from the events of Jan. 6 have the potential to further radicalize far-right extremists in Europe. New York Times, "Capitol Riot Puts Spotlight on ‘Apocalyptically Minded’ Global Far Right," 24 Jan. 2021 In July 2020, Donohue testified before the House Homeland Security subcommittee on intelligence and counterterrorism about how social media was being used to radicalize and foment violence in right-wing and left-wing extremist groups. Author: Carol D. Leonnig, Anchorage Daily News, "Capitol Police intelligence report warned three days before attack that ‘Congress itself’ could be targeted," 16 Jan. 2021 In July 2020, Donohue testified before the House Homeland Security subcommittee on intelligence and counterterrorism about how social media was being used to radicalize and foment violence in right-wing and left-wing extremist groups. Carol D. Leonnig, BostonGlobe.com, "Capitol Police intelligence report warned three days before attack that ‘Congress itself’ could be targeted," 15 Jan. 2021 As Slate points out, platforms like YouTube and Facebook have provided groups with space to plan violent events and radicalize people like the Christchurch shooter, yet they haven’t been removed from the app stores. Stan Horaczek, Popular Science, "Social media companies are done with Trump. Now what?," 12 Jan. 2021 Last month, the Anti-Defamation League warned extremist trolls were using Omegle to both radicalize users and harass minorities. NBC News, "Racism is rampant on Omegle. Teens are working to hold racist trolls accountable.," 20 Dec. 2020 Republicans may yet radicalize a president-elect who has called for reconciliation over revenge. Matt Ford, The New Republic, "Trump’s New Self-Care Routine: Filing Sad Lawsuits," 9 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of radicalize

1830, in the meaning defined above

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27 Feb 2021

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“Radicalize.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/radicalize. Accessed 6 Mar. 2021.

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radicalize

verb

English Language Learners Definition of radicalize

: to cause (someone or something) to become more radical especially in politics

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