• WordNet 3.6
    • n radicalism the political orientation of those who favor revolutionary change in government and society
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Radicalism The quality or state of being radical; specifically, the doctrines or principles of radicals in politics or social reform. "Radicalism means root work; the uprooting of all falsehoods and abuses."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n radicalism The state or character of being radical; the holding or carrying out of extreme principles on any subject; specifically, extreme political liberalism; the doctrine or principle of uncompromising reform in government; the system or methods advocated by the political Radicals of a country.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Radicalism the principles or spirit of a radical or democrat
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  • Mark Twain
    “The radical invents the views. When he has worn them out, the conservative adopts them.”
  • Mark Twain
    “The radical of one century is the conservative of the next. The radical invents the views. When he has worn them out, the conservative adopts them.”
  • Samuel Butler
    “The healthy stomach is nothing if it is not conservative. Few radicals have good digestions.”
  • Alice Walker
    “The gift of loneliness is sometimes a radical vision of society or one's people that has not previously been taken into account.”
  • John Fischer
    John Fischer
    “What this country needs is radicals who will stay that way regardless of the creeping years.”
  • Franklin D. Roosevelt
    “A radical is a man with both feet firmly planted in the air.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. F. radicalisme,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary


In literature:

The scandals about the duke of York and the Walcheren expedition gave a chance to the Radicals and to their leader in the House of Commons.
"The English Utilitarians, Volume II (of 3)" by Leslie Stephen
For that reason, radical finalism is very near radical mechanism on many points.
"Creative Evolution" by Henri Bergson
It was dreadfully radical to the most of my audience.
"A Spoil of Office" by Hamlin Garland
It is a spontaneous operation and of a more radical nature than the other.
"Essay on the Creative Imagination" by Th. Ribot
But what is the English Radical party itself living under now?
"The Quarterly Review, Volume 162, No. 324, April, 1886" by Various
This is an age of radical ideas.
"Mother Earth, Vol. 1 No. 1, March 1906" by Various
Prime Minister Guizot declined to enter into any of the radical schemes for reform.
"A History of the Nineteenth Century, Year by Year" by Edwin Emerson
The Radicals alone were delighted and triumphant.
"Lord John Russell" by Stuart J. Reid
Their radicalism, however, was not thoroughly democratic.
"The English Utilitarians, Volume I." by Leslie Stephen
It was made disgraceful by the violence of the radical Republicans and the intemperate retorts of Johnson.
"The New Nation" by Frederic L. Paxson

In poetry:

I think that Samuel Johnson said
His side had won the day,
Had not we women radicals
Just got right in the way.
"The Deliverance" by Frances Ellen Watkins
Then, in the future that we see,
Bamford, the Radical, shall live anew,
And be proclaim'd abroad, as he
Who fought for Freedom when her friends were few!
"Lines, to Mr. Samuel Bamford, on his seventy-sixth birthday, February 28th, 1864." by Samuel Bamford
So I turn tory for the nonce,
And think the radical a bore,
Who cannot see, thick-witted dunce,
That what was good for people once
Must be as good forevermore.
"The Optimist" by James Russell Lowell

In news:

To make its system more attractive to ambitious franchisees, Taco John's took a radical step: it brought them in on the development process.
It was just last November that Weezer released their last album with radical attitude, titled Raditude.
Terry Riley's Radical Openness to Sound.
Egypt, Without Illusions Democratization will be a messy and turbulent process, but fears of a radical Islamist takeover are overblown.
Allan Boesak and Curtiss DeYoung to Discuss Radical Reconciliation.
How a trip to the Philadelphia museum of Art inspired the 20th century's most radical artists.
But many of the same radicals believe in the survival of the fittest.
The hunt for the radical, young—and possibly lovelorn—conceptual-Marxist street-art supervillain.
Philadelphia school "recovery" officials have announced a radical restructuring plan that calls for.
On Monday's episode of Real Housewives of New York -- the second of the radically different fifth season.
As the NFL and its critics fret over a rash of player concussions, one fan discovers a radical solution to save his beloved game.
The band xx plays music so quiet, it's radical.
Radical choices for federal judgeships deserve close Senate scrutiny.
When the governor of Michigan ran for the Republican nomination, in 1968, he tried to stand up against the more radical wing of his party.
Peter King's witnesses at his hearing on radicalization in the Muslim American community painted Muslims as dupes or as untrustworthy citizens.

In science:

This interference will cause a radically different behavior of the quantum walk.
Quantum random walks - an introductory overview
For any ideal I of R we have two notions of radical of ∗I in the ring ∗R.
Elements of Nonstandard Algebraic Geometry
It can also easily be proved that ∗J (R) = J (∗R) where J (R) is the Jacobson radical of R and similarly J (∗R) is the Jacobson radical of ∗R.
Elements of Nonstandard Algebraic Geometry
Let L denote the Lie derivative and let N = N (T M ) := ∪x∈M N (TxM ); N is called the radical distribution on M .
Harmonic morphisms between degenerate semi-Riemannian manifolds
E ≡ T M and let σ ∈ Γ(T ∗M ⊗ T M ) be radical-preserving.
Harmonic morphisms between degenerate semi-Riemannian manifolds