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“McCarthyism” in British English

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McCarthyismnoun [ U ]

uk /məˈkɑː.θi.ɪ.zəm/ us /məˈkɑːr.θi.ɪ.zəm/

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.
noun [ C ], adjective uk /məˈkɑː.θi.aɪt/ us /məˈkɑːr.θi.aɪt/ also McCarthyist,

He led a McCarthyite witch hunt against homosexuals.

(Definition of “McCarthyism” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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