Definition of extremist in English:



  • A person who holds extreme or fanatical political or religious views, especially one who resorts to or advocates extreme action.

    ‘political extremists’
    [as modifier] ‘an extremist conspiracy’
    • ‘To refrain from acting in any of these cases would have been to hand a veto to violent extremists.’
    • ‘The sooner we send extremists of all political parties packing, the better!’
    • ‘They blamed extremists bent on damaging democracy and western civilisation.’
    • ‘Unlike previous wars, our enemy now is a stateless network of religious extremists.’
    • ‘Which extremist broadcaster aired these messages of death to the nation?’
    • ‘Since the government only encourages this view, the extremist parties gain more votes.’
    • ‘He was hunted down by right-wing extremists and assassinated two years later.’
    • ‘He and his family have been the target of repeated violent attacks by animal rights extremists.’
    • ‘I've been amusing myself with the idea of militant liberalism or liberal extremists.’
    • ‘That goes for right-wing extremists as much as for the left-wing ones who coined the phrase.’
    • ‘You can vote for moderation or you can let the extremists win wherever they are.’
    • ‘What has driven the people of Europe's most stable country into the hands of political extremists?’
    • ‘Opinion polls give Conservative and rightwing extremist parties a clear lead.’
    • ‘Of course animal rights and environmental extremists see Luers as a victim due to his long sentence.’
    • ‘The hard thing to do on this side is not to be an extremist, and we will manage our extremism.’
    • ‘The men were said to be viewed by extremists as having sold out their people.’
    • ‘That's not to say that all, or even most, of their adherents are violent extremists.’
    • ‘Just look at France for what happens when everyone but the extremists gives up and stays at home.’
    • ‘Are violent extremist groups and supra-national security networks the new big men on campus?’
    • ‘We pay a price when we silence our extremists; we also pay a price when we give them voice.’
    fanatic, radical, zealot, fundamentalist, hardliner, dogmatist, bigot, diehard, militant, activist
    sectarian, chauvinist, partisan
    ultra, maniac, crank
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