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politically correct

avoiding language or statements that could be offensive to women, people of other races, or people who are disabled (= who cannot use part of their body) I noticed that he never referred to her as his 'girlfriend', preferring the politically correct term 'partner'.
See also: correct

politically correct

Also, PC or p.c. Showing an effort to make broad social and political changes to redress injustices caused by prejudice. It often involves changing or avoiding language that might offend anyone, especially with respect to gender, race, or ethnic background. For example, Editors of major papers have sent out numerous directives concerning politically correct language . This expression was born in the late 1900s, and excesses in trying to conform to its philosophy gave rise to humorous parodies.
See also: correct
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The largest group of people who regularly campaign against political correctness seem to be rubbish comedians from the 1980s, whose main gripe against PC is that it keeps them off the telly.
Or, better yet, we might use the language of political correctness to call people like Cheney and Limbaugh "ethically challenged" or "morally different.
Although surely you mean 'It's political correctness with a debilitating mental illness'?
We could argue that a councillor for Cardiff who is willing to go to press trivialising these overtures does not even know the meaning of political correctness, let alone have scope to criticise that he has fallen victim to it.
He said something the other day about the spread of political correctness which had me nodding in agreement.
Further, it isn't a Christian issue in that it is not Anglican, Presbyterian or United Church in origin--it is a Catholic issue and political correctness would demand the former.
Dear Editor, -I thought that political correctness could go no further, but I have been proved wrong.
Nonetheless, our campuses, avatars in this of broader cultural and political trends, are in the midst of an effort to regulate the sexual behavior of free, autonomous, and capable adults, with a special regard for the beneficiary of what political correctness defines as an "imbalance of power," the male professor.
Hardly indemnified by political correctness, these grimly humorous vignettes deep-throat the politics of pornographic representation.
Forcing him to step down will reproduce a society of political correctness and resistance to supporting each other in developing the intercultural competence we all need.
In her letter she asked if anyone would like to start an organisation called 'Citizens Against Political Correctness.
Good luck to them, but this is political correctness gone barmy.
While observance of political correctness can be a legal requirement, it seems a poor substitute for the human qualities of loving kindness, tolerance, compassion and respect, which spontaneously stem from the heart.
Your failure to understand the history and to rewrite it from the so-called political correctness follows the hate of past book burners.