also neoconservative; used in the modern sense by 1979:
My Republican vote [in the 1972 presidential election] produced little shock waves in the New York intellectual community. It didn't take long - a year or two - for the socialist writer Michael Harrington to come up with the term "neoconservative" to describe a renegade liberal like myself. To the chagrin of some of my friends, I decided to accept that term; there was no point calling myself a liberal when no one else did. [Irving Kristol, "Forty Good Years," "The Public Interest," Spring 2005]The term is attested from 1960, but it originally often was applied to Russell Kirk and his followers, who would be philosophically opposed to the later neocons. From neo- + conservative.
The prime minister is a hybrid: regional hawk, Zionist statist, techno-globalist, neo-conservative, and Greater Israel fantasist.
The neo-conservative movement emerged from these clashes, and in 1980 Ronald Reagan captured nearly two-fifths of the Jewish vote.
Finally and bizarrely, some of the most committable readers accuse me of being a neo-conservative or a neo-liberal or both.
But Obama's visit and Kerry's secretive diplomacy have, for now, neutralized Israel's neo-conservative "friends."
The next object of neo-conservative devotion is the maintenance of the rights of property.
The neo-conservative programme should tell us what is meant by the liberties of the people.