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McCarthyism

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noun
BrE BrE//ˈkɑːθiɪzəm//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈkɑːrθiɪzəm//
 
[uncountable]
 
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an aggressive investigation during the 1950s against people in the US government and other institutions who were thought to be communists, in which many people lost their jobs
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