Definition of radical chic in English:

radical chic

Syllabification: rad·i·cal 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.
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    • 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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