McCarthyism

noun
Mc·​Car·​thy·​ism | \mə-ˈkär-thē-ˌi-zəm 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 adjective
McCarthyite \ -​ˌīt \ 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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