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book burning

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.
Origin of book burning
1890-95 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Retracting a paper due to selection methods not as described in the paper is not at all the same as book burning.
  • It was also a year of nasty politics, state censorship and book burning.
  • If they can identify you as a right wing troll, maybe you'll get enticements to the local gun show or book burning.
  • However, if the goal of the book burning was to control people's thoughts, then it was a success.

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