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.
The use of indiscriminate, often unfounded, accusations, sensationalism, inquisitorial investigative methods, etc., as in the suppression of political opponents.
Origin of mccarthyism
- After Joseph Raymond McCarthy
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition