verb[with object] (often as noun red-baiting) North American informal
Harass or persecute (someone) on account of known or suspected communist sympathies.
- Though stopping short of overtly red-baiting him, the newspaper continued to refer to his earlier associations with leftist organizations.
- You may have seen a letter I emailed earlier regarding his red-baiting me in a public forum of almost 100 people.
- The newspaper published a string of editorials and comments, red-baiting the organisers, which include the middle class radical group Resistance, and demanding the government take action.
- Example sentences
- For them, the threat to liberal values came entirely from the right - from militarists, from red-baiters, and from the forces of economic reaction.
- For the red-baiters, American movies represented a totalitarianism creeping in from without.
- The language used in the campaign easily matches the standards set by the great Fleet Street red-baiters of the past.
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