neoconservative

noun
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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Other Words from neoconservative

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

Examples of neoconservative in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Irving Kristol famously said a neoconservative is a liberal who has been mugged by reality. Rich Lowry, National Review, 28 May 2021 Canonical neoconservatives, Wilsonian dreamers, crusaders for human rights and other adherents of American exceptionalism ended his active career in government in 1977. John A. Farrell, New York Times, 28 Apr. 2020 Against the neoconservatives, conservatives must oppose imperial adventures and protect the principle of national independence. Alexis Carré, National Review, 18 Feb. 2020 When the neoconservatives came on the scene in the late 1960s, the Republican old guard viewed them as interlopers. Jacob Heilbrunn, The New Republic, 23 Jan. 2020 The foreign policy adventures of the neoconservatives and liberal internationalists haven’t fared much better than economic policy or cultural politics. Ganesh Sitaraman, The New Republic, 23 Dec. 2019 The neoconservatives in the Republican Party from John Bolton on down view Israel as a 51st state. Dave Orrick, Twin Cities, 24 Sep. 2019 Beginning in the 1970s, some of the writers and editors who became known as neoconservatives observed changes in the American elite. Matthew Continetti, National Review, 10 Aug. 2019 Well, think that's a typical of the neoconservatives. Fox News, 13 June 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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11 Jun 2021

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“Neoconservative.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/neoconservative. Accessed 30 Jul. 2021.

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