\ ˈdäks How to pronounce dox (audio) \
variants: or doxx
doxed or doxxed; doxing or doxxing; doxes or doxxes

Definition of dox

slang : to publicly identify or publish private information about (someone) especially as a form of punishment or revenge On general principles, I support Internet anonymity and look askance at people's efforts to “out” or “dox” anonymous Web commenters whose views they disagree with, much less for simple sport.— Damon Poeter, PC Magazine, 15 Oct. 2012 This isn't the first time the LAPD has been doxxed. In 2011, a group affiliated with the online hackers Anonymous claimed responsibility for posting personal information of more than 40 officers, including their home addresses, campaign contributions, property records, and names of family members after they claimed the LAPD oppressed them by shutting down the Occupy L.A. Movement.— Christine Pelisek, The Daily Beast, 13 Mar. 2013

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Other Words from dox

doxing or doxxing noun
… “doxxing”—the term used for the troll harassment technique of finding and then posting a user's sensitive personal information, including addresses, phone numbers, and even Social Security numbers. — Harry Bruinius, The Christian Science Monitor, 5 Feb. 2015

First Known Use of dox

2009, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for dox

respelling of docs, plural of doc (“document”), verbal derivative based on earlier dropping docs, doc-dropping, etc., describing the same act

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“Dox.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dox. Accessed 5 Jun. 2020.

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