Abbreviation of , due to it being an alternative to conventional American right-wing and Republican ideologies. The word took its current meaning from a website called 'Alternative Right' created by Richard Spencer and Colin Liddell in 2010, being used only sporadically prior to 2010. The word became prominent in 2015 with the rise of Donald Trump.
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- (chiefly US, politics) An amorphous group of right-wing ideologies opposed to multiculturalism and egalitarianism by race and sex, mostly active on the Internet; often supportive of anti-Semitism, Islamophobia, white nationalism and white supremacy, adherence to which is sometimes claimed to be ironic.
- Synonym: alternative right
- Antonym: alt-left
- Coordinate terms: alt-left, alt-center, alt-light
- Hyponym: fascism
- 2003 March 31, Reeves, Andrew, “Re: VDI: William F. Buckley Jr.”, in soc.history.what-if, Usenet, retrieved 2016-11-16, message-ID <firstname.lastname@example.org>:
- So a right without a Buckley will probably be smaller, and uglier to boot. I would expect this alt-right to be a lot more vigorously opposed to the civil rights movement than OTL's. It will also be much less relevant, and probably not snag a certain Californian actor. I predict, then, that America, on the whole, looks a bit more like a Western European social democracy, but with a right wing that looks (hmm...thinking...) well, looks almost fascist.
- 2016, Ross Douthat, "A Playboy for President," The New York Times, 14 Aug.
- "But the cultural conflict between these two post-revolutionary styles — between frat guys and feminist bluestockings, Gamergaters and the diversity police, alt-right provocateurs and 'woke' dudebros, the mouthbreathers who poured hate on the all-female 'Ghostbusters' and the tastemakers who pretended it was good — is likely here to stay."
- Of or pertaining to the alt-right.
alt-right n (uncountable)
alt-right (not comparable)
|Inflection of alt-right|