lunatic fringe

noun
members on the periphery of any group, especially political, social, or religious, who hold extreme or fanatical views.

Origin:
1910–15, Americanism

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lunatic fringe
 
n
the members of a society or group who adopt or support views regarded as extreme or fanatical

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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.

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Computing Dictionary

lunatic fringe definition


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

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Example sentences
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.
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