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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The practice of publicizing accusations of political disloyalty or subversion with insufficient regard to evidence.
  • n. The use of unfair investigatory or accusatory methods in order to suppress opposition.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The mass pressure, harassment, and/or blacklisting used to pressure people to follow popular political beliefs.
  • proper n. The intense opposition, countering, fear and/or suspicion of Communism, particularly in the United States during the 1950s.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • proper n. Unscrupulously accusing people of disloyalty (as by saying they were Communists).

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. unscrupulously accusing people of disloyalty (as by saying they were Communists)

Etymologies

After Joseph Raymond McCarthy.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Named for United States Senator Joseph McCarthy. Originates from a 1950 Washington Post political cartoon by Herbert Block. (Wiktionary)

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