McCarthyism

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Named for United States Senator Joseph McCarthy. Originates from a 1950 Washington Post political cartoon by Herbert Block.

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McCarthyism (usually uncountable, plural McCarthyisms)

  1. (derogatory) The mass pressure, harassment, and/or blacklisting used to pressure people to follow popular political beliefs, especially as opposed to communism.

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McCarthyism

  1. 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.

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