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extremist

[ik-stree-mist] /ɪkˈstri mɪst/
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 of extremist
1840-1850
1840-50; extreme + -ist
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  • The extremist at once pressed the argument to its utmost consequences.

    India, Old and New Sir Valentine Chirol
  • extremist though she be, woman is always consistent in her extremes; hence her power for good and for evil.

    Greek Women Mitchell Carroll
  • Hanged if I can imagine a white-haired, soft-spoken fellow like that as a dangerous Anarchist or extremist.

    A Sub and a Submarine Percy F. Westerman
  • The latest telegrams from Berlin state that the Spartacus (extremist) leaders are in extremis.

  • The first room they entered was that in which Fordyce had interviewed the extremist official.

    A Sub and a Submarine Percy F. Westerman
British Dictionary definitions for extremist

extremist

/ɪkˈstriːmɪst/
noun
1.
a person who favours or resorts to immoderate, uncompromising, or fanatical methods or behaviour, esp in being politically radical
adjective
2.
of, relating to, or characterized by immoderate or excessive actions, opinions, etc
Derived Forms
extremism, noun
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Word Origin and History for extremist
n.

1840, from extreme + -ist.

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