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

  • transitive v. To make radical or more radical: "Many, probably most, of those have been radicalized by their experiences among the poor” ( Conor Cruise O'Brien).

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  • v. to make radical

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To make radical; cause to conform to radical ideas, or to political radicalism.
  • To become radical; adopt or carry out radical principles, or the doctrines of political radicalism.
  • Also spelled radicalise.

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  • v. make more radical in social or political outlook


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  • Iraqi Sunni Muslims waging a long conflict from Syrian soil could once again radicalize Syria’s own Sunni com-munity.

    Carriers of Conflict

  • While "Just Say Yes" to war in Yemen will increasingly burden the working classes-who pay and fight America's wars-it will "radicalize" more individuals and raise "extremist" threats around the world, as, and once again, did the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. - Photown News

  • Mencken might have asked: How can one "radicalize" a Muslim when he is already "radicalized" by his creed?

    The Rule of Reason

  • The United States Department of Homeland Security's Office of Intelligence and Analysis issued a report last week suggesting that current political and economic conditions are energizing right-wing extremist groups, that many of these groups follow extremely conservative ideologies and that some may seek to recruit and "radicalize" veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan.

    Vox Verax

  • He noted that stepped-up fighting in the tribal areas of Pakistan could further "radicalize" that nation.


  • The vast majority went for salaries / expenses of the "Community Activist" groups which were given "grant monies" by the Annenberg Challenge to 'radicalize' the Chicago school system, including 'radicalizing teachers'.

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  • Much of the money didn't go directly to schools, but to leftist community activist groups like ACORN to use at their Marxist discretion to "radicalize" inner city communities with their anti-American propaganda.

    Hip and Thigh

  • "radicalize" individuals who seek to maintain traditions and beliefs, while a global elite

    Information Liberation

  • free speech in general tend to "radicalize" Muslims.

    Jihad Watch

  • "send the wrong message" to the Palestinian Authority and serve only to "radicalize" opinion among those who did not wish to return to the negotiating table.

    The Earth Times Online Newspaper


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