Lunatic-fringe



noun
1.
members on the periphery of any group, especially political, social, or religious, who hold extreme or fanatical views.
noun
1.
the members of a society or group who adopt or support views regarded as extreme or fanatical

Derogatory name for the extreme radical members of a group, especially in politics: “The candidate referred to the organization as being on the lunatic fringe of conservatism.” The term was coined by Theodore Roosevelt.

noun phrase

The radical and irresponsible sector of a group or party: The party has been turned over to its lunatic fringe

[1913+; apparently coined by Theodore Roosevelt in History as Literature]

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