- to make radical or more radical, as in politics: young people who are being radicalized by extremist philosophies.
- to become radical or more radical: The regime has increasingly radicalized since the coup.
Also especially British, rad·i·cal·ise.
Origin of radicalize
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Examples from the Web for radicalization
But he appears to have been a 32-year-old native of Quebec with a history of legal troubles that predate his radicalization.How Big Is the Canadian Terrorists’ Network?
Tim Mak, Eli Lake, Jacob Siegel
October 23, 2014
To some extent, it seems, “the law enforcement vector” contributed to the radicalization of Abu Omar.ISIS Is Putin’s Problem, Too, and This Chechen Is One Reason Why.
September 29, 2014
It talks about radicalization as well as fundamentalism—and the dangers of that.
Take this recent report in the New Yorker, charting the radicalization of a young Muslim convert from Long Island.Kim Jong Un & The Myth of the Reformer Dictator
December 24, 2013
The risk posed by this approach is that we will ignore warning signs of radicalization when non-Muslims evidence them.Why the LAX Shooter Should Be Charged as a Terrorist
November 4, 2013
With a group of men, silent as himself, he worked at the radicalization of the factories and labor unions.Erik Dorn
- to make (a person) more radical
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Word Origin and History for radicalization
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