the use of indiscriminate, often unfounded, accusations, sensationalism, inquisitorial investigative methods, etc., as in the suppression of political opponents
Origin of McCarthyismafter United States Senator Joseph McCarthy (served 1946-57), to whom such practices were attributed
- The practice of publicizing accusations of political disloyalty or subversion with insufficient regard to evidence.
- The use of unfair investigatory or accusatory methods in order to suppress opposition.
Origin of McCarthyismAfter Joseph Raymond McCarthy.