lunatic fringe


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lunatic fringe

n.
The fanatical, extremist, or irrational members of a society or group.
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lunatic fringe

n
the members of a society or group who adopt or support views regarded as extreme or fanatical
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lu′natic fringe′


n.
members on the periphery of any group, as in politics or religion, who hold extreme or fanatical views.
[1910–15]
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.lunatic fringe - a political unit with extreme and fanatical views
political entity, political unit - a unit with political responsibilities
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lunatic fringe

Collins German Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged 7th Edition 2005. © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1980 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1997, 1999, 2004, 2005, 2007

lunatic fringe

n the lunatic fringela frangia estremista
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Soccer violence should be played down by the Press as publicity seems to excite the lunatic fringe of the supporters into further violence.
THE Welsh Government now inhabits the lunatic fringe of British politics.
"What keeps me awake is that some lunatic fringe somewhere in the country would raise some absurd objection to the show," Shankar said at a media conference Sept.
As the SNP rightly point out, some of the venom directed towards Alex Salmond, Nicola Sturgeon and other high-profile Nationalists on the web from Labour's version of the cybernat lunatic fringe is nothing short of despicable.
The "doomsville" element is of course there in the rest of the UK and in the US, where they tend to be ignored and classed as a lunatic fringe. Why I ask, are they permitted to hold such sway here?
THE LUNATIC FRINGE, be it Tea Partier or Occupy Wall Streeter, holds sway in the US these days.
THE magical powers of Wayne Rooney's mop-top are a matter of public record, but he's not the only member of the lunatic fringe on show in today's Manchester derby - and that spells goals.
The lunatic fringe was also in evidence, pointlessly hurling missiles at police lines so far removed from the Royal party that they were never going to have even the most limited impact on the day's events.
Referring to the death of Christina Taylor Green, he said: "Their wish for Second Amendment activism has been fulfilled - senseless hatred leading to murder, lunatic fringe anarchism, subscribed to by John Boehner, mainstream rebels with vengeance for all - even 9-year-old girls."
Instead, we have the Bharatiya Janata Party which is tinged with the RSS' views which in many areas can truly be described by the phrase " lunatic fringe." The BJP has disowned Mr Sudarshan's views with alacrity.
He is cursed with parents from well beyond the lunatic fringe and a senile granny.
Twenty years ago, when I first researched school councils as a young head, I was out on the lunatic fringe.