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Goldwaterism, n.

Frequency (in current use): 
Origin: From a proper name, combined with an English element. Etymons: proper name Goldwater  , -ism suffix.
Etymology: < the name of Barry Morris Goldwater (1909–98), U.S. Republican politician + -ism suffix.
The term Barry Goldwaterism is attested earlier in the sense ‘a remark made by Barry Goldwater’:
1959   Amarillo (Texas) Globe-Times 21 Dec. 30/5   I'll bet I could take a good Barry Goldwaterism or a line from any Herbert Hoover speech and get it published as a poem in some liberal magazine.
U.S. Politics. Now hist.

  The policies and principles advocated by or associated with Barry Goldwater, now sometimes characterized as an archetypal form of conservatism, with a particular focus on limiting the size and scope of government; adherence to or support for such policies or principles. Also (occasionally) more generally: extreme political conservatism.

1960   Nation 18 June 531/3   How deep is Goldwaterism?
1963   Sunday Times 24 Nov. 3/3   He [sc. J. F. Kennedy] planned to take sharp aim at Goldwaterism.
1965   Spectator 22 Jan. 102/1   Goldwaterism—that is to say, far-out conservatism in general—has been the butt of Broadway humour for so long.
2016   Los Angeles Times (Nexis) 13 Nov. a20   Even Orange County, once the seedbed of Goldwaterism, voted Democratic in the presidential race.

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This entry has been updated (OED Third Edition, December 2018).