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radicalize Line breaks: rad¦ic¦al|ize
Pronunciation: /ˈradɪklʌɪz/
(also radicalise)

Definition of radicalize in English:


[with object]
1Cause (someone) to become an advocate of radical political or social reform: some of those involved had been radicalized by the Vietnam War
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  • That political process radicalised people and helped empower them.
  • Most impressive of all, perhaps, is evidence that the war is radicalising students out of the political apathy that has characterised them throughout the 90s.
  • That begins to radicalize people, whether it is farmers, or workers in the 1890s, or the millions of people who lost everything from nest eggs in banks to jobs during the Depression.
2Introduce fundamental or far-reaching changes in: the push to radicalize 16-19 science education
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  • There is also the front where terrorists are pushing out to radicalize countries that previously had escaped the terrorist scourge.
  • At the same time, on the level of intellectual conception, we have the rise of nominalism in philosophy and theology, introducing new and radicalized notions of individuality and freedom.
  • Pleasing no one, Saudi control over Mecca is challenged by a new, more radicalized political movement.



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  • The radicalization of the Democrats has been the big story of this primary season, and I think Morris will wait for a long time for a viable moderate challenger to appear.
  • One group of protesters conducted a survey, to counteract the mainstream media's marginalization and radicalization of the peace movement.
  • The most notable episodes took place in George Odlum's heyday, when the island was witnessing a new radicalization of its politics.

Words that rhyme with radicalize

detribalize • feudalize

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