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 radicalization (audio) \ noun

Examples of radicalize in a Sentence

The war has radicalized an entire generation of young people.

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Therefore, YouTube’s algorithm is practically designed to radicalize its users — and hence poison our politics. Zack Beauchamp, Vox, "The 9 thinkers who made sense of 2018’s chaos," 27 Dec. 2018 For the past five years, Democrats have been radicalizing on the minimum-wage issue. Michael Saltsman, WSJ, "A $15 Minimum Wage Goes National," 22 Nov. 2018 Of particular worry were the group's burgeoning recruitment tactics that used glitzy videos and other online propaganda to radicalize young, disaffected Americans. Jason Meisner, chicagotribune.com, "Terrorism defendant avoids jail for logging into dating apps without court approval," 30 May 2018 The social media lawsuit claimed Mateen was radicalized by through propaganda found on social media and the employer lawsuit claimed the security firm knew Mateen was mentally unstable but allowed him to carry a gun on the job as a security guard. NBC News, "Second anniversary of Pulse shooting marked by art, litigation," 11 June 2018 Critics of this approach say this could simply radicalize secular Muslims. Maria Danilova, Fox News, "IS claims Tajikistan attack that killed 4 foreign cyclists," 31 July 2018 Far-right groups are using online games such as 'Fortnite' to radicalize kids and recruit them into their organizations, according to one reformed neo-Nazi. Alex Sassoon Coby, Fox News, "'Fortnite' used by white supremacists to recruit kids, ex neo-Nazi reveals," 2 Oct. 2018 The social media lawsuit claimed Mateen was radicalized by through propaganda found on social media and the employer lawsuit claimed the security firm knew Mateen was mentally unstable but allowed him to carry a gun on the job as a security guard. NBC News, "Second anniversary of Pulse shooting marked by art, litigation," 11 June 2018 The social media lawsuit claimed Mateen was radicalized by through propaganda found on social media and the employer lawsuit claimed the security firm knew Mateen was mentally unstable but allowed him to carry a gun on the job as a security guard. Mike Schneider, BostonGlobe.com, "2nd anniversary of Pulse massacre marked by art, litigation," 10 June 2018

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First Known Use of radicalize

1830, in the meaning defined above

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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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