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alt-right

or alt right

[ awlt-rahyt ]

noun

  1. a political movement originating on social media and online forums, composed of a segment of conservatives who support extreme right-wing ideologies, including white nationalism and antisemitism (often used attributively): an alt-right candidate.

    the face of the alt-right;

    an alt-right candidate.



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Word History and Origins

Origin of alt-right1

First recorded in 2005–10; associated shortly after with U.S. white nationalist Richard Spencer (born 1978); shortening of alt(ernative) ( def ) + right ( def ) (in the sense “political conservatives”)

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