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tr.v. red·bait·ed, red·bait·ing, red·baits
To accuse, denounce, or attack (a person, for example) as a Communist or a Communist sympathizer.

red′bait′er n.
red′bait′ing n.


vb (tr)
to harass communists or people with left-wing beliefs



to accuse a person or group of being communistic or communist.
red′bait`er, n.
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union as a threat to be dealt with by redbaiting its more leftist
24) Shahn's ultimate nemesis during his brief tenure at Black Mountain was Robert Motherwell, with whom he'd had a confrontation a few years earlier in which--adopting the redbaiting rhetoric overtaking US cultural and political life--Motherwell called him "the leading Communist modern artist in America.
It is true that in the era of the postwar settlement, anti-union legislation, redbaiting, capital flight, and highly paid union avoidance attorneys replaced Pinkertons and strikebreakers as the cornerstone of efforts on the part of capital and the state to create more orderly and constrained relations between employers and workers.
Both Robesons denied that they were members of the Communist Party, and Eslanda refused to allow redbaiting to silence her.
People who stand for economic justice ought to turn such redbaiting on its head and name it what it is--hypocrisy.
11) Redbaiting was also an issue in the selection of members of the Mayor's Committee on Conditions in Harlem, established by the LaGuardia in the days following the riot.
Produced at the height of the cold war, the gladiator film Spartacus (1960) is recognized as an answer to HUAC's redbaiting members of the Hollywood film community.
Murrow's sense of history and duty prompted him to use the airwaves on March 9, 1954 to confront redbaiting demagogue Senator Joseph R.
Buhle's political commitment and passion to provide America with a usable, or at least inspirational, leftist heritage has opened him to attacks, in some cases thinly veiled redbaiting, from more conservative historians.
I am surprised that The Progressive, of all magazines, would bend to this form of redbaiting.
Throughout the 1950s, 1960s, and 1970s segregationists used redbaiting against the Bradens and all of their associates as a way to divide the civil rights movement and cut its connections to the left.
The House Un-American Activities Committee had almost exhausted that redbaiting crusade a few years earlier.