Definition of neoconservative in US 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.

    • ‘Political Straussians and their neoconservative allies argue that the spread of democracy is a panacea for many of America's global problems.’
    • ‘Of course, this idea is implicit in much liberal as well as neoconservative thinking, but such an unambiguous statement is offensive to all sides.’
    • ‘Yet a handful of committed neoconservative defense intellectuals in and out of government convinced the president, rightly or wrongly, to back the idea.’
    • ‘By the end of the 1990s, neoconservative tolerance for such perspectives was wearing rather thin.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Mead labels the rise of neoconservative thinking in international relations as ‘American Revivalism’ - the religious overtone of the phrase is intentional.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I think, however, that what is more likely is that neoconservative intellectuals and blowhards (whom you despise) have gained more influence.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘A hegemonic spirit nonetheless underlies both the liberal activism and the neoconservative unilateralism evident in much of recent American foreign policy.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Neoconservative wars create democracies that are bounded within neoconservative precepts, like extremely limited government and considerable corporate power.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It should not be a freak show for neoconservative politics and its pursuit of the culture war.’
    • ‘Other neoconservative organizations represented in the coalition by more than one member include AEI and Freedom House.’
    • ‘Meanwhile, neoconservative journalists have been channeling the administration's thinking.’
    • ‘On the other side are a few dozen neoconservative think tank scholars and defense policy intellectuals.’
    • ‘This is a classic example of neoconservative obfuscation.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’

noun

  • A person with neoconservative views.

    • ‘The self-styled neoconservatives, for example, are the antithesis of conservatism.’
    • ‘Actually neoconservatives do tolerate welfare as a way of controlling people, at least they admit it.’
    • ‘It was mostly just an excuse to examine the democracy-promoting credentials of neoconservatives.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘At last, the global justice movement has found a vision as expansive and planet-wide as that of the American neoconservatives.’
    • ‘The neoconservatives consistently misrepresent the right as culturally open and committed to equality of opportunity.’
    • ‘This was thought up by the neoconservatives who saw no bounds to US power and pooh-poohed any sort of concerns about overextension.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The notorious unilateralism of the neoconservatives in Washington never boded well for the billing of Cancun as a more consensual round of talks.’
    • ‘In the process of describing the neoconservatives, not a single mention is made of the policies or policy-makers of the Democratic Party.’
    • ‘The neoconservatives, to my complete surprise, were not pleased.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘But this invasion will not be the cakewalk neoconservatives predict.’
    • ‘It thoroughly mixes up conservatives, neoconservatives and libertarians.’
    • ‘The collapse of the vital center pushed neoconservatives and the Democratic Party leadership in opposite directions.’
    • ‘In temperament, too, neoconservatives have revealed themselves as the antithesis of conservative.’
    • ‘When the Cold War ended, these neoconservatives began casting about for a new crusade to give meaning to their lives.’
    • ‘Current campus conservatism isn't part of any clandestine plan organized by neoconservatives in a back room of the White House.’

Pronunciation

neoconservative

/ˌnioʊkənˈsərvədɪv//ˌnēōkənˈsərvədiv/