radicalize

verb
rad·​i·​cal·​ize | \ˈra-di-kə-ˌlīz \
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 \ noun

Examples of radicalize in a Sentence

The war has radicalized an entire generation of young people.

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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 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, chicagotribune.com, "2nd anniversary of Pulse massacre marked by art, litigation," 10 June 2018 How many foreign nationals were radicalized after entering the U.S.? Matt Ford, New Republic, "Trump Is Distorting Statistics to Demonize Immigrants," 17 Jan. 2018 He’s counseled Canadian converts to Islam who are at risk or have been radicalized. Washington Post, "Muslim minority communities meet in UAE to talk challenges," 10 May 2018 Hasan, a psychiatrist, appeared to have been radicalized by an Islamic cleric. Susan Miller, USA TODAY, "Capital Gazette shooting: Those who cover the news become the latest victim," 28 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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