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To be a strong supporter of anti-communism, named after senator Joseph McCarthy. Often persecuting without proof and using tactics similar to the soviet KGB

Has nothing to do with Paul McCart(N)ey
*Better Dead than Red* is a phrase often associated with McCarthyism
by GrizzlyBearone August 28, 2011
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Post-medieval witch hunt, and testiment to mankind's inherent flaws which will inevitably lead to its own destruction.
After ages of prosecuting christians, jews, freemasons, pagans and communists, we still haven't learned anything, really.
by Ketter February 14, 2005
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To gin up baseless fear to triangulate and advance a political agenda, often with accusations through buzzwords and double speak to deliberately distort the narratives, dialogue, and analysis when those words are not crimes, such as "conspiracy," "collusion," "contacts," or in old days, "witch," (men and women were accused of witchcraft). McCarthyism is used to harass and dehumanize people by blacklisting them. Many would argue that McCarthyism permutated into the Southern Strategy employed by the likes of George H.W. Bush, Lee Atwater, and Karl Rove in flipping Southern states from reliable wins for Democrats to Republican.
McCarthyism began with Republican Senator Joe McCarthy of Wisconsin in the 1950s. The connotation of McCarthyism is "witch hunt," because the intent of McCarthyism is "fear will keep them in line (quote from Star Wars)." Even though McCarthyism is associated with the Republican Party--it is often used on a cultural level by Democrats to prevent non-Democrats from working in a culturally influential field.
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n unscrupulously accusing people of disloyalty (as by saying they were Communists).

In 1947, President Truman had ordered background checks of every civilian in service to the government. When Alger Hiss, a high-ranking State Department official was convicted on espionage charges, fear of communists intensified.

(McCarthy) capitalized on national paranoia by proclaiming that COMMUNIST SPIES were omnipresent and that he was America's only salvation.

Don't criticize the United States. Don't be different. Just conform.
Asshole:"are you now or have you ever been apart of the communist party?"
asshole: "Give me names of people you know who might not be a conformist!"
innocent: "I know noone like that."
asshole: "You liar! you're going to prison! and one way or another you're gonna learn how to be someones bitch!"
by Almahawk January 12, 2005
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To live according to the words of Prophet and Beatle Paul McCartney. Quickest way to get medicated. (other options, Ringoism, Lennonism)
Woke up, got out of bed. Dragged a comb across my head. Side by side on my Piano, Oh lord. You know you was a suffragete, Jet Boooooooooo....The movement I need is on my shoulder, Jude. Wearing the face that I keeps in a jar by the door, no of course it isn't my face. How would I do that? Live and let die!-Cohesive Word Salad of McCarthyism
by Wisk February 05, 2008
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The practice of obfuscating legitimate inquiries by flashing a toothy grin and speaking in vapid soundbites.
I was trying to get information about legislation, but instead I was confronted by frustrating McCarthyism.
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One who says things without proof. The origin of this word is from the early 1950s during the red scare. A man with the last name of mcCarthy was blacklisting celebrities without proof. This is the reason why a person would be called a McCarthiest.
Person 1: My house is guarded by 10 electric fences!
Person 2: You lie.
Person 1: Dont you mean im using McCarthyism?
Person 2: Whats McCarthyism?
Person 1: Why dont you look it up at
by Leopold Sampsonite February 07, 2006
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