red-baited; red-baiting; red-baits
often capitalized R

transitive verb

: to subject (a person or group) to red-baiting

intransitive verb

: to engage in red-baiting
red-baiter noun often capitalized R

Word History

First Known Use

1938, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

Time Traveler
The first known use of red-bait was in 1938

Dictionary Entries Near red-bait

Cite this Entry

“Red-bait.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Apr. 2024.

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