Definition of neoconservative in English:

neoconservative

adjective

  • Relating to or denoting a return to a modified form of a traditional viewpoint, in particular a political ideology characterized by an emphasis on free-market capitalism and an interventionist foreign policy.

    • ‘Mead labels the rise of neoconservative thinking in international relations as ‘American Revivalism’ - the religious overtone of the phrase is intentional.’
    • ‘I think, however, that what is more likely is that neoconservative intellectuals and blowhards (whom you despise) have gained more influence.’
    • ‘Of course, this idea is implicit in much liberal as well as neoconservative thinking, but such an unambiguous statement is offensive to all sides.’
    • ‘But when a neoconservative Republican and a liberal Democrat can agree on an issue it gives me hope for the future of political discourse in the blogosphere.’
    • ‘This is not necessarily because the journalist and the relief worker share a liberal outlook; a neoconservative pundit would fare no better with the NCO, for example.’
    • ‘By the end of the 1990s, neoconservative tolerance for such perspectives was wearing rather thin.’
    • ‘Other neoconservative organizations represented in the coalition by more than one member include AEI and Freedom House.’
    • ‘On the other side are a few dozen neoconservative think tank scholars and defense policy intellectuals.’
    • ‘What was still being worked out at that time was the propaganda piece, a sustained refinement of the storyline that had been hinted at in neoconservative circles and the White House for months, even years.’
    • ‘Political Straussians and their neoconservative allies argue that the spread of democracy is a panacea for many of America's global problems.’
    • ‘Neoconservative wars create democracies that are bounded within neoconservative precepts, like extremely limited government and considerable corporate power.’
    • ‘Yet a handful of committed neoconservative defense intellectuals in and out of government convinced the president, rightly or wrongly, to back the idea.’
    • ‘However, to speak against the neoconservative Republican and liberal Democrat ideal of a powerful central government is as impermissible as to utter words deemed to offend the legally privileged.’
    • ‘It should not be a freak show for neoconservative politics and its pursuit of the culture war.’
    • ‘However, editors and well-paid media pundits are well aware that social and political opposition to the neoconservative order in the US poses a direct threat to their own privileged existence in Britain.’
    • ‘This was the side of politics, the neoconservative side, that said that they had one big thing to offer in the war against terror - the doctrine of pre-emption.’
    • ‘Meanwhile, neoconservative journalists have been channeling the administration's thinking.’
    • ‘This is a classic example of neoconservative obfuscation.’
    • ‘A hegemonic spirit nonetheless underlies both the liberal activism and the neoconservative unilateralism evident in much of recent American foreign policy.’
    • ‘And they no longer muse about which nations might be next on the target list, disappointing their most fervent neoconservative supporters as often as they please them.’

noun

  • A person with neoconservative views.

    • ‘The neoconservatives consistently misrepresent the right as culturally open and committed to equality of opportunity.’
    • ‘The notorious unilateralism of the neoconservatives in Washington never boded well for the billing of Cancun as a more consensual round of talks.’
    • ‘The clash of civilizations sought by the Bush administration's neoconservatives appears to be nearly at hand.’
    • ‘They were neither the noble heroes depicted by neoconservatives nor the villains depicted by leftist debunkers.’
    • ‘But this invasion will not be the cakewalk neoconservatives predict.’
    • ‘In the process of describing the neoconservatives, not a single mention is made of the policies or policy-makers of the Democratic Party.’
    • ‘This was thought up by the neoconservatives who saw no bounds to US power and pooh-poohed any sort of concerns about overextension.’
    • ‘It thoroughly mixes up conservatives, neoconservatives and libertarians.’
    • ‘It does not, as the neoconservatives argue, ignore power; it redefines power as surveillance.’
    • ‘Current US assertiveness cannot be seen simply as resulting from the short-sighted view of a few neoconservatives giddy at the thought of all those bombs.’
    • ‘It was mostly just an excuse to examine the democracy-promoting credentials of neoconservatives.’
    • ‘Current campus conservatism isn't part of any clandestine plan organized by neoconservatives in a back room of the White House.’
    • ‘When the Cold War ended, these neoconservatives began casting about for a new crusade to give meaning to their lives.’
    • ‘The collapse of the vital center pushed neoconservatives and the Democratic Party leadership in opposite directions.’
    • ‘The self-styled neoconservatives, for example, are the antithesis of conservatism.’
    • ‘The neoconservatives, to my complete surprise, were not pleased.’
    • ‘At last, the global justice movement has found a vision as expansive and planet-wide as that of the American neoconservatives.’
    • ‘In temperament, too, neoconservatives have revealed themselves as the antithesis of conservative.’
    • ‘Actually neoconservatives do tolerate welfare as a way of controlling people, at least they admit it.’
    • ‘His book could have complemented the work of these and the many others who have exposed the real agenda of the US neoconservatives, but he has missed the opportunity.’

Pronunciation

neoconservative

/ˌnioʊkənˈsərvədɪv//ˌnēōkənˈsərvədiv/