McCarthyism [mə kär′thē iz΄əm ]
[after J. McCarthy, U.S. senator (1946-57), to whom such practices were attributed]
the use of indiscriminate, often unfounded, accusations, sensationalism, inquisitorial investigative methods, etc., as in the suppression of political opponents portrayed as subversive
adj., n.

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