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politically correct

Describing statements or behavior careful to avoid offense or insensitivity. Our CEO is constantly being criticized in the media because he rarely makes politically correct speeches.
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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

poˌlitically corˈrect

(abbr. PC) used to describe language or behaviour that deliberately tries to avoid offending particular groups of people: These days everybody has to be politically correct. I even heard someone the other day calling a short person ‘vertically challenged’!
See also: correct

politically correct

Avoidance of speaking or behaving in a way that would offend anyone’s sensibilities concerning race, gender, sexual orientation, socioeconomic levels, or politics. Surprisingly, this cliché of the latter twentieth century, well known enough to be sometimes abbreviated as P.C., was used in 1793 by J. Wilson in the U.S. House of Representatives: “‘The United States,’ instead of the ‘People of the United States,’ is the toast given. This is not politically correct” (cited by the OED). Presumably Mr. Wilson here was referring to precision in political language. The current meaning of the phrase did not surface until the mid-1900s and was a cliché by the 1990s. The negative, politically incorrect, is also sometimes used. A letter to the editor of the Chicago Daily Herald, writing about the proposed building of a Muslim mosque near ground zero in New York City, said, “Is it not ‘politically incorrect’ for a Muslim mosque to be built in this area?” (Georgene Beazley, August 21, 2010). And a character discussing a possible suspect, “Just keep an eye on him. These guys usually screw up. Most of them don’t think what they’re doing is wrong, just politically incorrect” (Nevada Barr, Burn, 2010).
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An example of this opinion on "politically correct language" comes from Robert Walker of The Gazette (Montreal), July 22, 1991, in his review of the Canadian government's guide, "A Way with Words."
And yet I have a friend who said, "Of course, all your novels are so politically correct." She's straight, she's narrow-minded, and I realized that to her, the reason [my books] are politically correct is that there are people of various ethnicities.
Is that what these politically correct idiots really want to see?
My only wish for the New Year is that the rest of this country is set free from the shackles imposed upon us by the minority aforementioned politically correct brigade, and we are forever free of their clap-trap.
He said: "It's ironic that the most politically correct of all the committees fell victim to political correctness.
This has caused an outcry among the politically correct and there are of course many reasons to find it outrageous.
Currently, the politically correct slogans for opponents of affirmative action are quotas, favoritism and abuse.
The issue of marijuana weight is not so politically correct, although the drug is perceived to be much less hazardous than crack.
The trendsetters of tripe have successfully turned any number of feisty local voices into politically correct mush machines.
But its proposals for a gipsy and traveller history month have been branded a "politically correct whim".
He said: "We need to look at our nannying, molly-coddled, politically correct culture in my view, which stops kids from going out and playing competitive sport.
Now over two centuries later, in order to be politically correct, all the elements of Christ including His name are now being removed from Saturnalia, under the guise that it is now unconstitutional, despite the fact that at the adoption of the U.S.
ONE does not have to be a member of a "right-wing social policy think-tank" to agree with many of the points they make about the disastrous effects of politically correct attitudes.
III Third, John Paul II helped us to realize that the Church is dying in politically correct places where the Gospel is preached as merely a lifestyle option in a global supermarket of spiritualities without the obligation of belonging to the Church.
This pleasant little story is politically correct and the characters are remarkably broadminded.
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