neo·​con·​ser·​va·​tive | \ ˌnē-ō-kən-ˈsər-və-tiv How to pronounce neoconservative (audio) \

Definition of neoconservative

1 : a former liberal espousing political conservatism
2 : a conservative who advocates the assertive promotion of democracy and U.S. national interest in international affairs including through military means

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neoconservatism \ ˌnē-​ō-​kən-​ˈsər-​və-​ˌti-​zəm How to pronounce neoconservatism (audio) \ noun
neoconservative adjective

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The neoconservatives and liberal internationalists who staffed previous administrations were sidelined. Walter Russell Mead, WSJ, "The Twilight of Human-Rights Diplomacy," 17 Dec. 2018 Well, think that's a typical of the neoconservatives. Fox News, "Judge Approves AT&T-Time Warner Merger," 13 June 2018 Using fame and social media, Trump managed to bypass many of the usual influential Republican party actors — neoconservatives, free marketers, and culture warriors. Christopher Baylor, Vox, "The post-Trump GOP looks a lot like the pre-Trump GOP," 6 Apr. 2018 Bolton, a hawkish neoconservative, has advocated war with Iran and a pre-emptive strike on North Korea, and remains an unapologetic supporter of the Iraq War despite the flawed intelligence used to justify the US invasion. Nicole Gaouette, CNN, "Bolton's move to White House signals a more hawkish turn," 22 Mar. 2018 Democrats, on the hunt against President Donald Trump, led the way, echoed by neoconservatives, always eager to pump up the next crisis. Author: Katrina Vanden Heuvel | Opinion, Anchorage Daily News, "On Russia, we need more reason and less frenzy," 28 Feb. 2018 Since the Vietnam War, the GOP has had three major foreign policy wings: prudential realists, neoconservatives, and radical nationalists. Jeet Heer, The New Republic, "Scarier Than a Neoconserative," 23 Mar. 2018 Among neoconservatives, Bolton is admired for his dismissal of the UN and his promotion of the US as the world's sole significant power. Nicole Gaouette, CNN, "Bolton's move to White House signals a more hawkish turn," 22 Mar. 2018 Only back then, the ideologues and fanatics were neoconservatives bent on invading Iraq and declaring an American Empire. Henry Farrell, Washington Post, "Trump is a typical conservative. That says a lot about the conservative tradition.," 1 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of neoconservative

1952, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for neoconservative

neo- + conservative entry 2

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