Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “McCarthyism”

See all translations

McCarthyism

noun [U] uk   /məˈkɑː.θi.ɪ.zəm/ us    /-ˈkɑːr-/
the practice of accusing someone of being a Communist and therefore avoiding or not trusting them: McCarthyism is named after the American politician Joseph McCarthy, who in the 1950s accused many Americans of being Communists. She was a victim of McCarthyism.
McCarthyite
noun [C], adjective uk   /-aɪt/ ( also McCarthyist ) us  
He led a McCarthyite witch hunt against homosexuals.
(Definition of McCarthyism from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of McCarthyism?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Word of the Day

ice over

If an area of water ices over, it becomes covered with a layer of ice.

Word of the Day

Let’s celebrate! (words and phrases for parties)

by Kate Woodford,
December 17, 2014
​​​ With Christmas and New Year almost upon us, we thought it a good time to look at the language of parties and celebrations. First, let’s start with the word ‘party’ itself. To have or throw a party or, less commonly, to give a party is to arrange a party: We’re having a

Read More 

cinderella surgery noun

December 15, 2014
cosmetic surgery to the feet We have all heard of people having nose jobs, boob jobs and liposuction – but now a new trend growing in popularity in America: Cinderella surgery.

Read More