verb (used with object), rad·i·cal·ized, rad·i·cal·iz·ing.

to make radical or more radical, as in politics: young people who are being radicalized by extremist philosophies.

verb (used without object), rad·i·cal·ized, rad·i·cal·iz·ing.

to become radical or more radical: The regime has increasingly radicalized since the coup.

Also especially British, rad·i·cal·ise.

Origin of radicalize

First recorded in 1815–20; radical + -ize
Related formsrad·i·cal·i·za·tion, noun
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  • With a group of men, silent as himself, he worked at the radicalization of the factories and labor unions.

    Erik Dorn

    Ben Hecht

British Dictionary definitions for radicalization



verb (tr)

to make (a person) more radical
Derived Formsradicalization or radicalisation, noun
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Word Origin and History for radicalization



1820, from radical (adj.) + -ize. Related: Radicalized; radicalizing.

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