extremism

extremism

[ik-stree-miz-uhm]
noun
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:
1860–65; extreme + -ism

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extremist (ɪkˈstriːmɪst)
 
n
1.  a person who favours or resorts to immoderate, uncompromising, or fanatical methods or behaviour, esp in being politically radical
 
adj
2.  of, relating to, or characterized by immoderate or excessive actions, opinions, etc
 
ex'tremism
 
n

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