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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
An Americanism dating back to 1910-15 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • As I have already said, there is a lunatic fringe to every reform movement.

    Theodore Roosevelt Theodore Roosevelt
  • Roosevelt had, many years before, spoken of the “lunatic fringe” which clings to the skirts of every sincere reform.

    Theodore Roosevelt

    Edmund Lester Pearson
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
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 New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Company.
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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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