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The coinage is generally attributed to U.S. Vice President Sprio Agnew. It was used by the Nixon administration to attack the political opposition, implying that the liberals in the Senate were subversive. Several people on Nixon's Enemies List were identified as radiclibs.


radiclib (plural radiclibs)

  1. (US, slang, neologism) A radical liberal.
    • 1970. September 12, H. R. Haldeman, Haldeman's Diary,
      Next, a front that sounds like SDS to support the Democratic candidates and praise their liberal records, etc, publicize their 'bad' quotes in guise of praise. Give the senators a 'radiclib' rating.