lunatic fringe

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  1. 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

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How to use lunatic fringe in a sentence

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

    Theodore Roosevelt | Edmund Lester Pearson
  • As I have already said, there is a lunatic fringe to every reform movement.

    Theodore Roosevelt | Theodore Roosevelt

British Dictionary definitions for lunatic fringe

lunatic fringe

  1. 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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