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lunatic fringe

members on the periphery of any group, especially political, social, or religious, who hold extreme or fanatical views.
Origin of lunatic fringe
1910-15, Americanism Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for lunatic-fringe

lunatic fringe

the members of a society or group who adopt or support views regarded as extreme or fanatical
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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.

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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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