the practice of making accusations of disloyalty, especially of pro-Communist activity, in many instances unsupported by proof or based on slight, doubtful, or irrelevant evidence.
the practice of making unfair allegations or using unfair investigative techniques, especially in order to restrict dissent or political criticism.
- Mc·Car·thy·ite, noun, adjective
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How to use McCarthyism in a sentence
Youngkin’s “tip line” has not led to a new era of teacher McCarthyism.
Anyone who demurred was hounded during the era of McCarthyism.It wasn’t Richard Nixon who changed relations with China | Kazushi Minami | February 28, 2022 | Washington Post
Another propaganda tactic already being mobilized is the false accusations that pro-democracy voices are engaging in some sort of new McCarthyism.I’m a Former Russian TV Anchor. Fox News Mimics State TV. | Liz Wahl | February 27, 2022 | The Daily Beast
On the final day of the convention, he was forced out of the organization he started in fear that, at the height of McCarthyism, the movement and its members could become victims of his Communist past.These Rebels Fought Conformity in 1950s America—and Are Still Making a Difference Today | James R. Gaines | February 3, 2022 | Time
In 1949, as McCarthyism invaded Hollywood, Nancy met with Ronald Reagan, then head of the Screen Actors Guild, for advice on how to distinguish herself from an actress by the same name who had been blacklisted.On the world stage, Nancy Reagan found the role of a lifetime | Barbara Perry | April 23, 2021 | Washington Post
But if the Hagel hearings had exposed a virulent strain of American McCarthyism, who would play the role of McCarthy?
The alleged Neo-McCarthyism Avishai sees has these supposed pro-Israel bullies calling any critic of Israel an anti-Semite.
McCarthyism was the norm: a threat to democracy laid to rest by the legislative branch of the American government.
The NRA is certainly less of an evil than slavery, but is it really less ugly than McCarthyism?
The amendment has a curious backstory involving McCarthyism and hardball Texas politics.‘Pulpit Freedom Sunday’ Pastors Don’t Care About Religious Freedom | David Sessions | October 7, 2012 | THE DAILY BEAST
British Dictionary definitions for McCarthyism
the practice of making unsubstantiated accusations of disloyalty or Communist leanings
the use of unsupported accusations for any purpose
- McCarthyite, noun, adjective
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Cultural definitions for McCarthyism
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