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extremist

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noun
  1. a person who goes to extremes, especially in political matters.
  2. a supporter or advocate of extreme doctrines or practices.
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adjective
  1. belonging or pertaining to extremists.
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Origin of extremist

First recorded in 1840–50; extreme + -ist
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Related Words

radicalzealotfanaticrevolutionaryagitatorrevolutionistdie-hardultraultraist

Examples from the Web for extremist

Historical Examples

  • The Extremist at once pressed the argument to its utmost consequences.

    India, Old and New

    Sir Valentine Chirol

  • Extremist though she be, woman is always consistent in her extremes; hence her power for good and for evil.

    Greek Women

    Mitchell Carroll

  • The latest telegrams from Berlin state that the Spartacus (Extremist) leaders are in extremis.

  • Hanged if I can imagine a white-haired, soft-spoken fellow like that as a dangerous Anarchist or Extremist.

    A Sub and a Submarine

    Percy F. Westerman

  • The first room they entered was that in which Fordyce had interviewed the Extremist official.

    A Sub and a Submarine

    Percy F. Westerman


British Dictionary definitions for extremist

extremist

noun
  1. a person who favours or resorts to immoderate, uncompromising, or fanatical methods or behaviour, esp in being politically radical
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adjective
  1. of, relating to, or characterized by immoderate or excessive actions, opinions, etc
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Derived Formsextremism, noun
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Word Origin and History for extremist

n.

1840, from extreme + -ist.

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