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