neo·​con | \ ˈnē-ō-ˌkän How to pronounce neocon (audio) \

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Recent Examples on the Web The non-Never Trump neocon migration to national conservatism was entirely predictable. W. James Antle Iii, The Week, 13 Feb. 2022 Nicole loves Hillary Clinton; Olivia calls her a neocon. Amanda Whiting, Vulture, 11 July 2021 China, reviving the name of a famous neocon Cold War think tank. Adele M. Stan, The New Republic, 10 Mar. 2021 Kirkpatrick and her neocon confreres overcame their embarrassment at their down-market coalition partners and made the leap to Reagan nonetheless; Kirkpatrick ended up his United Nations ambassador. Rick Perlstein, The New Republic, 14 Aug. 2020 He was pulled into the neocon movement in the U.S. while earning his Ph.D. at the University of Chicago in 1979, and has since held senior positions in the administrations of Ronald Reagan, George H. W. Bush, and George W. Bush. Time, 14 Feb. 2020 Bolton was a disgruntled former employee, a neocon, a money-grubber with a two-million-dollar book to sell. Susan B. Glasser, The New Yorker, 28 Jan. 2020 Is his American Sniper a hunk of jingoistic propaganda or a mythic deconstruction of the same, neocon pandering or one of the more enigmatic anti-war films to emerge from the War of Terror? Isaac Feldberg, Fortune, 13 Dec. 2019 For too long, the debate has focused on the paleocon and neocon positions, ignoring the question of whether there remains a Republican center on foreign policy. Michael Auslin, National Review, 5 Nov. 2019 See More

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First Known Use of neocon

1979, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for neocon

by shortening

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“Neocon.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Aug. 2022.

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