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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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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Basically their main concerns were about anybody that was sending death threats that were actually credible and anybody that was actually trying to radicalize this thing. Ed Komenda, USA TODAY, "Meet the college student behind the 'Storm Area 51' Facebook events," 9 Sep. 2019 The actions, some worry, not only are inhumane but could also radicalize some refugees. The Christian Science Monitor, "Africa rises for immigrant rights," 6 Sep. 2019 Isaac pushes the argument forward, mapping Kalanick’s behavior to core tenets of the anti-government, pro-hustle tech doctrine, implying that Kalanick was radicalized by Silicon Valley’s core beliefs. Wired, "WIRED Book of the Month: Super Pumped by Mike Isaac," 3 Sep. 2019 Lydia’s backstory shows us how a woman looking for purpose was ripe to be radicalized by Gilead. Nojan Aminosharei, Harper's BAZAAR, "Ann Dowd Digs Deep to Understand Aunt Lydia in The Handmaid's Tale," 14 Aug. 2019 As founder of the nonprofit organization Free Radicals Project that counsels radicalized individuals and groups, a reformed Picciolini is inundated with pleas for help. Kristen Mcqueary, chicagotribune.com, "Column: The truth about race-baiting that Trump supporters don’t want to hear," 26 Aug. 2019 What’s happening is someone who is radicalizing is becoming a member of a group, and this group feels its identity is under threat. Guillermo Contreras, ExpressNews.com, "Spread of online hate hard for authorities to combat," 6 Aug. 2019 Researchers have cautioned that online communities such as 8chan radicalize individuals by providing them with a support network that cheers them on. Washington Post, "Christchurch endures as extremist touchstone, as investigators probe suspected El Paso manifesto," 6 Aug. 2019 Those events helped radicalize Simone, whose irreproducible arc took her from playing in church to studying at Julliard to jazz clubs and then fame, and whose personal journey ranged from religion to sultry romance to full-throated, righteous rage. The Seattle Times, "Look Ahead: The hottest Seattle events for April 2019," 5 Apr. 2019

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First Known Use of radicalize

1830, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of radicalize

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

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