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

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 Content monitors also face a challenge from message boards and other sites that feature white supremacist ideology and can radicalize users. Max Zahn, ABC News, 18 May 2022 Gibbons urged the jury to believe none of that, alleging that Dan was a bought-and-paid for informant who made $54,000 from the government trying to radicalize Fox with the help of his FBI handler. Tresa Baldas, Detroit Free Press, 5 Apr. 2022 The deep look at the killings, conducted by the Secret Service’s National Threat Assessment Center, was an effort to study how contempt for women can radicalize men and spark violent and deadly behavior. Colleen Long, orlandosentinel.com, 15 Mar. 2022 Those harms include shadowy algorithms that radicalize users, pervasive misinformation and extremism, facilitation of human trafficking, teen suicide, and more. Barbara Ortutay, The Christian Science Monitor, 25 Oct. 2021 The lawsuit says Facebook knew that rewarding users for posting dangerous content and allowing fake accounts created by autocrats to flourish would radicalize users. Kelvin Chan, The Christian Science Monitor, 8 Dec. 2021 Investigators are scrutinizing the groups that funded the protests that preceded the violence, which involved rioters from at least 44 states, and promoted and spread lies online that helped radicalize the crowd. New York Times, 9 Nov. 2021 While groups of men who think this way have always existed, the internet has helped accelerate and further radicalize these views. Shannon Watts, ELLE, 2 Feb. 2022 Such a result would further destabilize and radicalize unionism, making the resurrection of power-sharing even harder. Tom Mctague, The Atlantic, 17 Nov. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of radicalize

1830, in the meaning defined above

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“Radicalize.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/radicalize. Accessed 28 Jun. 2022.

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