Definition of radical chic in English:

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radical chic


1The fashionable affectation of radical left-wing views: [as modifier]: he completely immersed himself in the subculture of radical chic liberals
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  • Bernstein, who later personified radical chic in his support of the Black Panthers, would never return to the attitude of ‘Krupke.’
  • It's for people from the suburbs who think Monet is far-out radical chic or don't know that abstract expressionism is passé.
  • This time, he had gone too far with a mixed-up-media theater piece that took religion, pop culture, radical chic, symphonic pretension, and sheer gall to new extremes of bad taste.
1.1The dress, lifestyle, or people associated with this.
Example sentences
  • However much contempt I have for the radical chic here at home, I have even more for the protesters abroad.
  • They emerged from 1960s radical chic to become America's most wanted fugitives.
  • In the heyday of the hippie ethos and radical chic, Fogerty ingeniously formulated a downriver idyll of freedom and benevolence at the heart of America.


1970: coined by US writer Tom Wolfe.

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Syllabification: rad·i·cal chic

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