PRONUNCIATION: (muh-KAHR-thee-iz-uhm)

MEANING: noun: The practice of making unfounded accusations against someone.

ETYMOLOGY: After US senator Joseph McCarthy (1909-1957) known for making unsubstantiated claims accusing people of being Communists, spies, or disloyal. Earliest documented use: in 1950 in a cartoon by Herbert Block.

MCEARTHYISM - accusing others of having lusty uninhibited urges

MECCARTHYISM - accusing others of Islamic preferences

MOCCARTHYISM - 1) accusing others of wearing soft leather shoes;
2) making fun of others in your accusations