extremist

extremist

[ik-stree-mist]
noun
1.
a person who goes to extremes, especially in political matters.
2.
a supporter or advocate of extreme doctrines or practices.
adjective
3.
belonging or pertaining to extremists.

Origin:
1840–50; extreme + -ist

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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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extremist
1848, from extreme + -ist.
"What is objectionable, what is dangerous about extremists is not that they are extreme, but that they are intolerant. The evil is not what they say about their cause, but what they say about their opponents." [Robert F. Kennedy, 1964]
Related: Extremism (1865).
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