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 (bûr′chər) also Birch·ist (-chĭst) or Birch·ite (-chīt′)
A member or supporter of the John Birch Society, an anti-Communist organization founded in 1958.

[After John Birch (1918-1945), Indian-born American missionary and intelligence officer.]

Birch′ism n.
Birch′ist, Birch′ite adj.


(ˈbɜːtʃə) ,




(Government, Politics & Diplomacy) a member or supporter of the John Birch Society
ˈBirchˌism n


(ˈbɜr tʃər)

a member or advocate of the John Birch Society.
[1960–65, Amer.]
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Black and Jewish Birchers offered especially strong condemnations of the bigoted remarks by the Bush-era official.
Wading into a slippery morass of fellow travelers, free-love intellectuals, rabid John Birchers, and charismatic evangelicals, Ellie must navigate old grudges and Cold War passions, lost ideals and betrayed loves.
While her parents swap conspiracy tales with their fellow Birchers downstairs, Conner remains upstairs drying her toddler sister's body cast.
His own seeds of violence were planted by a father who made and sold gun barrels, enmeshing his family in a subculture of John Birchers, urban warfare survivalists, and the religious right.
Before that, they were John Birchers, McCarthyites, even the Know-Nothings of the 1850s.
The Birchers were single-mindedly obsessed with communist infiltration, a fear that's largely gone out of style; the Arkansas Project crowd seemed motivated more by cultural issues and a burning personal hatred of the Clintons than by policy matters.
Equally important, the magazine worked to discredit fringe elements like the John Birchers, the Jew-haters and the Lindbergh isolationists.
Conservatism was thought to be a negligible force, hovering somewhere in the narrow frequency band between the Goldwaterites and the Birchers.
John Birchers probably think ``the Supreme Judge of the World'' was a Jeffersonian reference to some communistic United Nations.
John Birchers and Christian Fundamentalists battered sex education in the schools.
To make matters worse, Goldwater's campaign did attract some boosters who seemed barely tethered to planet Earth, from John Birchers who thought Eisenhower was a communist to hardcore racists who praised the murder of civil rights activists.
The congressman also fears that federal environmental regulations are ushering in the one-world government long feared by the Birchers.