McCarthyism [ m uh- kahr-thee-iz- uhm ] SHOW IPA / məˈkɑr θiˌɪz əm / PHONETIC RESPELLING Definition of McCarthyism noun 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.
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Origin of McCarthyism
; after J. R.
-ism OTHER WORDS FROM McCarthyism Mc·Car·thy·ite, noun, adjective Words nearby McCarthyism McCahon
McCarthy, Joseph R.
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How to use McCarthyism in a sentence
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.
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. British Dictionary definitions for McCarthyism noun mainly US the practice of making unsubstantiated accusations of disloyalty or Communist leanings the use of unsupported accusations for any purpose Derived forms of McCarthyism McCarthyite, noun, adjective Word Origin for McCarthyism
C20: after Joseph
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Cultural definitions for McCarthyism
The extreme opposition to
communism shown by Senator Joseph R. McCarthy and his supporters in the 1940s and 1950s. notes for McCarthyism
McCarthyism has become a general term for the hysterical investigation of a government's opponents or the publicizing of accusations against these opponents without sufficient evidence to support the charges.
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