Words I Love 59 – Radical

New week, new word…





adjective: radical
  1. 1.
    (especially of change or action) relating to or affecting the fundamental nature of something; far-reaching or thorough.
    “a radical overhaul of the existing regulatory framework”
    antonyms: superficial
    • forming an inherent or fundamental part of the nature of someone or something.
      “the assumption of radical differences between the mental attributes of literate and non-literate peoples”
      antonyms: minor
    • (of surgery or medical treatment) thorough and intended to be completely curative.
  2. 2.
    characterized by departure from tradition; innovative or progressive.
    “the city is known for its radical approach to transport policy”
    • advocating or based on thorough or complete political or social reform; representing or supporting an extreme or progressive section of a political party.
      “a radical American activist”
      synonyms: revolutionary, progressive, reforming, reformist, revisionist,progressivist; More

    • BRITISHhistorical
      belonging to an extreme section of the Liberal party during the 19th century.
  3. 3.
    relating to the root of something, in particular:
      of the root of a number or quantity.
    • denoting or relating to the roots of a word.
    • MUSIC
      belonging to the root of a chord.
    • BOTANY
      of, or springing direct from, the root or stem base of a plant.
  4. 4.
    NORTH AMERICANinformal
    very good; excellent.
    “Okay, then. Seven o’clock. Radical!”


noun: radical; plural noun: radicals
  1. 1.
    a person who advocates thorough or complete political or social reform; a member of a political party or part of a party pursuing such aims.
    synonyms: revolutionary, progressive, reformer, revisionist; More

  2. 2.
    a group of atoms behaving as a unit in a number of compounds.
  3. 3.
    the root or base form of a word.
    • any of the basic set of approximately 214 Chinese characters constituting semantically or functionally significant elements in the composition of other characters and used as a means of classifying characters in dictionaries.
  4. 4.
    a quantity forming or expressed as the root of another.
    • a radical sign.


late Middle English (in the senses ‘forming the root’ and ‘inherent’): from late Latinradicalis, from Latin radix, radic- ‘root’.




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