from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To relegate or confine to a lower or outer limit or edge, as of social standing.

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  • v. To relegate (something, especially a topic or a group of people,) to the margins or to a lower limit

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To furnish with marginal notes.
  • To make marginal notes.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. relegate to a lower or outer edge, as of specific groups of people


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  • * Good luck with this one: Grover Norquist says the GOP needs to "marginalize" Islamophobia among right-wingers and "make it clear that there's no place for that in the party of Reagan."

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  • Mr. Breitbart says he suspects the accusations were just a cynical attempt by the left and elements of the media to "marginalize" the Tea Party movement.

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  • And he's concerned that joining the 15 heroes now cosponsoring articles of impeachment against Dick Cheney would "marginalize" him.

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  • Rather than trying to marginalize the Islamic militias and the huge clan they represent, the international community should ... link No, we certainly don't want to "marginalize" those radical Islamic militias that have been terrorizing all of Somalia.

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  • That's certainly interesting now that word has come from the LA Times that the latest Bush administration is dunning corporations to build a war chest to "marginalize" conservative talk radio and other pillars of the GOP for opposing the President's amnesty & open borders immigration plan.

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  • Ironically, one of the designated leaders of Bush's campaign to "marginalize" GOP conservatives who oppose illegal immigration is former House Majority Leader Dick Armey, who in 2002 on "Hardball" called for the ethnic cleansing of all Palestinians from the West Bank.

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  • Publisher Andrew Breitbart, who runs the BigGovernment. com site, told the audience that accusations that racial epithets were yelled at members of the Congressional Black Caucus before the health care vote were a way to "marginalize" the Tea Partiers.

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  • What's more, McGee seems to think this is all by design to "marginalize" blacks, and not just the simple economics of people deciding for themselves where they want to live.

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  • But here's one example: born in England, who when hearing that the White House planned to "marginalize" critics of the guestworker plan, asked Blog Articles

  • I must respond to JUSTICE STEVENS' assertion that I would "marginalize" the belief systems of more than 7 million Americans" who adhere to religions that are not monotheistic.



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