Definition of red-bait in English:

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red-bait

Pronunciation: /ˈredbāt/

verb

[with object] (often as noun red-baiting) North American informal
Harass or persecute (someone) on account of known or suspected communist sympathies.
Example sentences
  • 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.

Derivatives

red-baiter

noun
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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