politically correct


politically correct
   conforming in behaviour or language to dogmatic opinions
   The subject is wittily and provocatively examined in The Official Politically Correct Dictionary and Handbook (Beard and Cerf, 1992). For those who espouse political correctness, every topic the subject of taboo must be referred to by euphemism or circumlocution, or ignored, while the conduct of its devotees can rival fascism in its rigour:
    Many men now consider themselves to be the victims of political correctness and pluralism that leaves them at a disadvantage in competition for work. (Independent, 21 July 1991)
   Sometimes shortened to PC:
    PC holds that Western civilization is the product of racial and sexual hierarchies which should be unseated. (Sunday Telegraph, 21 July 1991)

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