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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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Bizarre as Birchite conspiracy theories can sometimes be, they're Brookings Institution white papers compared to that stuff about deros and teros.
Again and again, we are told that some hot new right-wing book is "a bestseller," or "was flying off the shelves by the tens of thousands," or "had sold enough copies to supply one out of every ten men, women, and children in the country"--only to have Perlstein admit, a few pages or a few paragraphs later, that "there always was another Birchite millionaire willing to spring for a lot of a few thousand more [books] to sprinkle around like so many Gideon Bibles.
There, Birchite skepticism about socialism veered into skepticism about any sort of state, and she found herself taking in lectures espousing anarchism, atheism, and pacifism.
It was as if, having deprived the "delegates" of the right to make noise about abortion, the platform was tossing surrogate red meat to the Birchite and xenophobic element in the crowd.
to the Birchite Minutemen to the White Citizens' Councils to the jackbooted gangs of The Order and other neo-Nazi sects.