lunatic fringe


noun

members on the periphery of any group, especially political, social, or religious, who hold extreme or fanatical views.

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Origin of lunatic fringe

An Americanism dating back to 1910–15
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British Dictionary definitions for lunatic fringe

lunatic fringe

noun

the members of a society or group who adopt or support views regarded as extreme or fanatical
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Cultural definitions for lunatic fringe

lunatic fringe

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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