red-bait·​ing ˈred-ˌbā-tiŋ How to pronounce red-baiting (audio)
often capitalized R
: the act of attacking or persecuting as a Communist or as communistic

Word History

First Known Use

1927, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of red-baiting was in 1927

Dictionary Entries Near red-baiting

Cite this Entry

“Red-baiting.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Apr. 2024.

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