Mc·​Car·​thy·​ism | \ mə-ˈkär-thē-ˌi-zəm How to pronounce McCarthyism (audio) also -ˈkär-tē- \

Definition of McCarthyism

: a mid-20th century political attitude characterized chiefly by opposition to elements held to be subversive and by the use of tactics involving personal attacks on individuals by means of widely publicized indiscriminate allegations especially on the basis of unsubstantiated charges broadly : defamation of character or reputation through such tactics

Other Words from McCarthyism

McCarthyist \ mə-​ˈkär-​thē-​ist How to pronounce McCarthyist (audio) also  -​ˈkär-​tē-​ \ adjective
McCarthyite \ mə-​ˈkär-​thē-​ˌīt How to pronounce McCarthyite (audio) also  -​ˈkär-​tē-​ \ noun or adjective

First Known Use of McCarthyism

1950, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for McCarthyism

Joseph R. McCarthy

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“McCarthyism.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Jul. 2020.

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