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Meaning: having radical or "extreme" views, esp. about politics

For example:

  • If you think foreigners are stealing our jobs, you're a right-wing extremist, mate!

  • Those environmental extremists will destroy our town's timber industry!

Note: Often used to make someone appear more unreasonable or extreme in their views than they really are.

Quick Quiz:

Politicians use the word "extremist" when describing people they

a. strongly disagree with

b. strongly agree with

c. partly agree with

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Contributor: Matt Errey