Definition of lunatic fringe in English:

lunatic fringe

noun

  • An extreme or eccentric minority within society or a group.

    • ‘The lunatic fringe that vote for them are more likely to be effective in areas like that.’
    • ‘Its enough to make you wonder if all those religions on the lunatic fringe were right about the end of the world being near!’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Why do people insist on pandering to the lunatic fringes of society?’
    • ‘Now, apart from a lunatic fringe of right-wing publications and enthusiasts, everybody knows this awful truth.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Given recent discussions, I'd like to point out that the individual quoted below is typical of only a certain lunatic fringe.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Of course there is a lunatic fringe to our profession.’
    • ‘There are now too many of them to be written off as a lunatic fringe.’
    • ‘They will not have the lunatic fringe running the place any more.’
    • ‘Now, every vote counts and even the lunatic fringe enjoys credibility.’
    • ‘I no longer have the confidence that the lunatic fringe will remain there.’
    • ‘Still, every group has its extreme, uncompromising lunatic fringe.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘No one in the streets ever thought there was going to be a confrontation between the lunatic fringes of opposing political groups.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘As for the lunatic fringe, they just want a fight.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It cannot be news either that in any human grouping a lunatic fringe is almost guaranteed.’

Pronunciation

lunatic fringe

/ˈˌlo͞onəˌtik ˈfrinj/