I have a question with regards to the use of radicality or radicalness. I am not quite sure which one to use or what the differences are.

I use these terms in reference to political parties and protest movements. Say, for instance, in the sentence: "Radicality/radicalness is a defining characteristic of populist right movements, both in the electoral and in the protest arena."

Wiktionary suggests that both exist, but radicality is the more commonly used form. For me, they both sound the same. What do you think, is there a difference?

  • Google Ngrams seem to indicate that 'radicality' became the favoured form in the late 1970s. Wouldn't you agree? – Edwin Ashworth Mar 12 '18 at 15:02
  • Wiktionary is not a reliable source for frequency of use. – Mitch Mar 12 '18 at 15:04
  • It's a fine line, but to me, radicality sounds more like a clinical category whereas radicalness is more suggestive of actually being radical. Kind of like, say, space vs spaciousness. – Lawrence Mar 12 '18 at 15:08

The meaning is the same and according to Google Books usage of radicalism was more commonly used from the ‘80s.

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