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politically correct

Synonyms of politically correct in English:


  • 1 the true meaning may be clouded by his politically correct language
    unoffensive, nondiscriminatory, unbiased, neutral, appropriate, nonpartisan
    informal PC
    [Antonyms] offensive
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    politically correct

    The tediously overworked phrase politically correct can be used only with a smile, whether of irony or slightly embarrassed affection. Originally, the politically correct were those who ardently championed the rights of women, people of color, homosexuals, and other long-marginalized groups. But politically correct rapidly came to be associated with adherents who were overscrupulous in these observances, in short, zealots. Today most people recognize the fundamental justice of many, if not all, the legal and social advances linked to political correctness, but no one really cares to be called PC. The fight has largely been won, at least de jure if not always de facto, and so the term now sounds a bit old-fashioned, and usually carries an undertone of mild vexation or benign indulgence: Oh, Joan, she's so politically correct!
    Michael Dirda
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