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lunatic fringe

noun
1.
members on the periphery of any group, especially political, social, or religious, who hold extreme or fanatical views.
Origin
1910-1915
1910-15, Americanism
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  • Today, many would dismiss such crudely racist views as belonging to a tiny right-wing lunatic fringe.
  • There is a lunatic fringe out there that is confused by reality.
  • Climate deniers are on the lunatic fringe of science and they can find plenty of company there.
  • Obviously, none of these firms is in the lunatic fringe, so it is not the case that some applications should be ignored.
  • It's an action melodrama that expresses the sentiments of the lunatic fringe at the political center.
  • It's not down to the range where you say, well, that's the lunatic fringe.
British Dictionary definitions for lunatic fringe

lunatic fringe

noun
1.
the members of a society or group who adopt or support views regarded as extreme or fanatical
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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lunatic fringe in Culture

lunatic fringe definition


Derogatory name for the extreme radical members of a group, especially in politics: “The candidate referred to the organization as being on the lunatic fringe of conservatism.” The term was coined by Theodore Roosevelt.

The American Heritage® New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Company.
Published by Houghton Mifflin Company. All rights reserved.
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Slang definitions & phrases for lunatic fringe

lunatic fringe

noun phrase

The radical and irresponsible sector of a group or party: The party has been turned over to its lunatic fringe

[1913+; apparently coined by Theodore Roosevelt in History as Literature]


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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lunatic fringe in Technology


[IBM] Customers who can be relied upon to accept release 1 versions of software.
[Jargon File]

The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010 http://foldoc.org
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