neo-conservative

n.

also neoconservative; used in the modern sense by 1979:

My Republican vote [in the 1972 presidential election] produced little shock waves in the New York intellectual community. It didn't take long - a year or two - for the socialist writer Michael Harrington to come up with the term "neoconservative" to describe a renegade liberal like myself. To the chagrin of some of my friends, I decided to accept that term; there was no point calling myself a liberal when no one else did. [Irving Kristol, "Forty Good Years," "The Public Interest," Spring 2005]

The term is attested from 1960, but it originally often was applied to Russell Kirk and his followers, who would be philosophically opposed to the later neocons. From neo- + conservative.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

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Contemporary Examples of neo-conservative

  • Finally and bizarrely, some of the most committable readers accuse me of being a neo-conservative or a neo-liberal or both.

  • The neo-conservative movement emerged from these clashes, and in 1980 Ronald Reagan captured nearly two-fifths of the Jewish vote.

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    Asians vs. Affirmative Action

    Lloyd Green

    March 31, 2014

  • The prime minister is a hybrid: regional hawk, Zionist statist, techno-globalist, neo-conservative, and Greater Israel fantasist.

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    Understanding John Kerry's Logic

    Bernard Avishai

    July 22, 2013

  • But Obama's visit and Kerry's secretive diplomacy have, for now, neutralized Israel's neo-conservative "friends."

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    Understanding John Kerry's Logic

    Bernard Avishai

    July 22, 2013

Historical Examples of neo-conservative