American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Extremism, especially in politics or government; radicalism.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The principles of ultras, or men who advocate extreme measures, as a radical reform, etc.
- n. An extreme or radical statement or action.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. The principles of those who advocate extreme measures, as radical reform, and the like.
“They do want the ultimate control of life and death over others dressed up in social conscience and economic ultraism.”
“Were it not for its ultraism in politics, we should regard it as the most valuable journal of the day.”
“Or is his maximum ultraism that which makes his message succeed?”
“They were kindred but not allied, and south of the border, the differences were stressed by giving other names to the corresponding impulses in style - ultraism, creationism.”
“But when you and your friend seek the positions of "night-patrols or inspectors of police," you run into ultraism, the parent of all _isms_; but, luckily a parent like Saturn, who destroys its offspring.”
“Shall our country ever be freed from the curse of curses, religious ultraism, bigotry, and delusion?”
“But, if defeated, it will be a triumph of ultraism and impracticability -- a triumph of a most extraordinary conjunction of extremes; a victory won by abolitionism; a victory achieved by freesoilism; a victory of discord and agitation over peace and tranquillity; and I pray to Almighty God that it may not, in consequence of the inauspicious result, lead to the most unhappy and disastrous consequences to our beloved country.”
“If Mr. Webster has any charm by the magic influence of which he can control the ultraism, of the North and of the South, he cannot too soon try its effects.”
“An attempt last year to execute this rule upon dress in the Cincinnati Station brought confusion into it, he claimed, and by ultraism on this subject did more harm than good.”
“Even Dr. Channing, who had no love for Garrison or his anti-slavery ultraism, was so wrought upon by the scheme for the annexation of Texas as to profess his preference for the dissolution of the Union, "rather than receive Texas into the Confederacy.”
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