V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary



Definition: 1. the edge and outside boundary of something; 2. an extra perk, (preceding benefit); 3. a part of the city on the outskirts; 4. a minority social group displaying narrow or extreme views

Synonyms: edge, border, extremity, margin, perimeter, outskirts, benefit, reward, perk

Antonyms: inside, interior, middle, center

Tips: Literally, fringe refers to the edge or the outer edge of something. Think of it as anything that is outside the middle or outside the norm. Figuratively, fringe is used a number of different ways. A fringe benefit is a perk outside of regular compensation. A group or person on the "fringe of society" would be on the outside of the common ground in views, ideas, behavior, or even appearance. Fringe even refers to the trim or embellishment on the edge of fabric.

Usage Examples:

The group existed on the fringe of society, considering themselves more enlightened than the rest. (margin, extremity)

One fringe benefit of teaching is having summers off. (perk, reward) adjective

I would say the movie was on the fringe of being obscene, but not over the line. (edge, border)

My neighborhood is located on the western fringe of the city limit. (edge, border)

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