What does mccarthyism mean?

Definitions for mccarthyismməˈkɑr θiˌɪz əm

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. McCarthyism(noun)

    unscrupulously accusing people of disloyalty (as by saying they were Communists)


  1. McCarthyism(prop. n.)

    Unscrupulously accusing people of disloyalty (as by saying they were Communists).

  2. Origin: [from Senator Joseph McCarthy, who repeatedly asserted without evidence that numerous communists were present in the United States government.]


  1. McCarthyism(Noun)

    The mass pressure, harassment, and/or blacklisting used to pressure people to follow popular political beliefs.

  2. McCarthyism(ProperNoun)

    The intense opposition, countering, fear and/or suspicion of Communism, particularly in the United States during the 1950s.

  3. Origin: Named for United States Senator Joseph McCarthy. Originates from a 1950 Washington Post political cartoon by Herbert Block.


  1. McCarthyism

    McCarthyism is the practice of making accusations of disloyalty, subversion, or treason without proper regard for evidence. It also means "the practice of making unfair allegations or using unfair investigative techniques, especially in order to restrict dissent or political criticism." The term has its origins in the period in the United States known as the Second Red Scare, lasting roughly from 1950 to 1956 and characterized by heightened fears of communist influence on American institutions and espionage by Soviet agents. Originally coined to criticize the anti-communist pursuits of Republican U.S. Senator Joseph McCarthy of Wisconsin, "McCarthyism" soon took on a broader meaning, describing the excesses of similar efforts. The term is also now used more generally to describe reckless, unsubstantiated accusations, as well as demagogic attacks on the character or patriotism of political adversaries. During the McCarthy era, thousands of Americans were accused of being Communists or communist sympathizers and became the subject of aggressive investigations and questioning before government or private-industry panels, committees and agencies. The primary targets of such suspicions were government employees, those in the entertainment industry, educators and union activists. Suspicions were often given credence despite inconclusive or questionable evidence, and the level of threat posed by a person's real or supposed leftist associations or beliefs was often greatly exaggerated. Many people suffered loss of employment and/or destruction of their careers; some even suffered imprisonment. Most of these punishments came about through trial verdicts later overturned, laws that would be declared unconstitutional, dismissals for reasons later declared illegal or actionable, or extra-legal procedures that would come into general disrepute.


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of mccarthyism in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of mccarthyism in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Roger Stone:

    Chairman Schiff is engaging in the worst kind of red baiting, fear mongering, it's the new McCarthyism, and it's mudslinging.

  2. Paul Ryan:

    Terrible! Just found out that Obama had my 'wires tapped' in Trump Tower just before the victory. Nothing found. This is McCarthyism!

  3. Devin Nunes:

    We’re not going to get into neo-McCarthyism era where we just start bringing in Americans just because they were mentioned in a press story.

  4. Wasserman Schultz:

    The Republican Party stands for turning the clock back to McCarthyism, god forbid this man would become president and would actually implement the outrageous proposal.

  5. Bob Briscoe:

    However, once information is released, it can never be unreleased, i look at history (e.g. McCarthyism), and I consider the possibility of a future when those with power take control over information about us stored many years before, that we did not realize was so revealing when we released it. For instance, how could I have realized that my recorded eye movements would reveal so much about my inner self?

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