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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
1860-1865
1860-65; extreme + -ism
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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]

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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