Synonyms of radical
1 extremeDictionary • periods of radical change
extreme • The scheme was rejected as being too extreme.
sweeping • sweeping economic reforms
violent • He had violent stomach pains.
severe • The fence collapsed during the recent severe weather.
extensive • The story received extensive coverage in The Times.
wide-ranging • a package of wide-ranging economic reforms
excessive • the alleged use of excessive force by police
thorough • I was a thorough little academic snob.
drastic • Drastic measures are needed.
far-reaching • far-reaching reforms on human rights
2 revolutionaryDictionary • political tension between radical and conservative politicians
revolutionary • Do you know anything about the revolutionary movement?
extreme • his extreme political views
progressive • The children go to a progressive school.
left-wing • They said they would not be voting for him because he was too left-wing.
extremist • The riots were organized by extremist groups.
fanatical • As a boy he was a fanatical patriot.
3 fundamentalDictionary • the radical differences between them
fundamental • the fundamental principles of democracy
natural • He has a natural flair for business.
basic • Access to justice is a basic right.
essential • Two essential elements must be proven: motive and opportunity.
native • Her conversation revealed no education but much native wit and shrewdness.
organic • The history of Russia is an organic part of European history.
profound • the profound changes brought about by World War I
innate • As a race, they have an innate sense of fairness.
extremistDictionary • a former left-wing radical who was involved with the civil rights movement
extremist • Police believe the bombing was the work of left-wing extremists.
militant • The militants were apparently planning a terrorist attack.
fanatic • I am not a religious fanatic but I am a Christian.
left-winger • We were accused of being militant left-wingers.
zealot • He was forceful but by no means a zealot.
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basicYou use basic to describe things, activities, and principles that are very important or necessary, and on which others depend.
• Access to justice is a basic right.
drasticIf you have to take drastic action in order to solve a problem, you have to do something extreme and basic to solve it.
• Drastic measures are needed.
essentialThe essential aspects of something are its most basic or important aspects.
• Two essential elements must be proven: motive and opportunity.
Thesaurus for radical from the Collins English Thesaurus
of, relating to, or characteristic of the basic or inherent constitution of a person or thing; fundamental