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extremism

[ik-stree-miz-uh m] /ɪkˈstri mɪz əm/
noun
1.
a tendency or disposition to go to extremes or an instance of going to extremes, especially in political matters:
leftist extremism; the extremism of the Nazis.
Origin of extremism
1860-1865
1860-65; extreme + -ism
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Examples from the web for extremism
  • But the worst manifestations of left-wing extremism occur much further from political power than the extremism of the right.

  • But force alone cannot solve our problems, and it is no alternative to extremism.

    How He Won Iraq Reza Aslan April 6, 2009
  • But all they spread in Libya was more tyranny, because Gaddafi did what the United States asked with regard to Sunni extremism.

Word Origin and History for extremism
n.

1848, from extreme + -ism.

I would remind you that extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice! And let me remind you also that moderation in the pursuit of justice is no virtue. [Barry Goldwater (1909-1998), acceptance speech as Republican candidate for President, 1963]

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