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book burning

noun
  1. the destruction of writings of which the subject, the view of the author, or the like is considered politically or socially objectionable: used as a means of censorship or oppression.
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Origin of book burning

First recorded in 1890–95
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Historical Examples

  • The instances of book-burning where this indignity was either not imposed, or its infliction not recorded, are numerous.

    Notes and Queries, Number 236, May 6, 1854

    Various

  • The book-burning days were considered amongst the great days of fte.