Definition of lunatic fringe in US English:

lunatic fringe

noun

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

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

Pronunciation

lunatic fringe

/ˈˌlo͞onəˌtik ˈfrinj/