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An extreme or eccentric minority within society or a group:‘she has been linked with a lunatic fringe of Californian fundamentalists’‘protest is no longer the preserve of the lunatic fringe’[as modifier] ‘it is treated by the authorities as an eccentric lunatic fringe organization’
- ‘Now, apart from a lunatic fringe of right-wing publications and enthusiasts, everybody knows this awful truth.’
- ‘It is a reality of American political life that ideologies which would once have been considered part of the fascistic lunatic fringe are now treated with respect and deference in the media and official Washington.’
- ‘But there is a danger that in focusing on the lunatic fringes of left and right, a rather false impression can be given of what the debates are really about.’
- ‘Both clubs have a sizeable lunatic fringe and the links with Ulster are maintained with the estimated 10,000 nationalists and loyalists who make the trip over the Irish Sea to Glasgow each week.’
- ‘I no longer have the confidence that the lunatic fringe will remain there.’
- ‘As usual, I think the truth isn't to be found at the extreme ends of views on the subject; the lunatic fringe isn't to be trusted whether they are eco-terrorists or pollution-friendly businessmen.’
- ‘Still, every group has its extreme, uncompromising lunatic fringe.’
- ‘No one in the streets ever thought there was going to be a confrontation between the lunatic fringes of opposing political groups.’
- ‘There are now too many of them to be written off as a lunatic fringe.’
- ‘As for the lunatic fringe, they just want a fight.’
- ‘Its enough to make you wonder if all those religions on the lunatic fringe were right about the end of the world being near!’
- ‘Given recent discussions, I'd like to point out that the individual quoted below is typical of only a certain lunatic fringe.’
- ‘Of course there is a lunatic fringe to our profession.’
- ‘Why do people insist on pandering to the lunatic fringes of society?’
- ‘If the sane ones know what is good for them, they will have to make some good choices going forward, even to the point of fingering those amongst them who are members of the lunatic fringe.’
- ‘Although South Africa has been the victim of sporadic acts of terrorism since the establishment of a black-led government in 1994, they have been dismissed as the work of those on the lunatic fringe of white South African society.’
- ‘Now, every vote counts and even the lunatic fringe enjoys credibility.’
- ‘It cannot be news either that in any human grouping a lunatic fringe is almost guaranteed.’
- ‘They will not have the lunatic fringe running the place any more.’
- ‘The lunatic fringe that vote for them are more likely to be effective in areas like that.’
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