lunatic-fringe

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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