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- (derogatory) The mass pressure, harassment, and/or blacklisting used to pressure people to follow popular political beliefs, especially as opposed to communism.
- The intense opposition to, and fear and suspicion of, Communism, particularly in the United States during the 1950s.
- Hypernym: anticommunism
- 1964, Daniel Bell, The Radical Right, page 234:
- An important symptom of the difference between McCarthyism and Birchism is the shift in the geographical center of gravity.
intense opposition to Communism