witch-hunt


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witch-hunt

also witch hunt (wĭch′hŭnt′)
n.
An investigation carried out ostensibly to uncover subversive activities but actually used to harass and undermine those with differing views.

witch′-hunt′er n.
witch′-hunt′ing adj. & n.

witch-hunt

n
(Government, Politics & Diplomacy) a rigorous campaign to round up or expose dissenters on the pretext of safeguarding the welfare of the public
ˈwitch-ˌhunter n
ˈwitch-ˌhunting n, adj
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.witch-hunt - searching out and harassing dissenters
harassment, molestation - the act of tormenting by continued persistent attacks and criticism
McCarthyism - unscrupulously accusing people of disloyalty (as by saying they were Communists)
Translations

witch-hunt

n (lit, fig)Hexenjagd f

witch-hunt

[ˈwɪtʃˌhʌnt] ncaccia alle streghe
References in classic literature ?
But few people were killed at these feast, though there was a great Ingomboco, or witch-hunt, and many were smelt out by the witch- doctors as working magic against the king.
At this gathering all the regiments, with the exception of certain detachments left behind for garrison purposes, are brought up and paraded before the king; and the great annual witch-hunt, of which more by-and-by, is held.
And all the while, an invisible hand fed by hatred turns not only the country's prosecutors and judges but also companies like the Turkish Satellite Communications Company (TE-rksat) into critical instruments for its own witch-hunt.
THAT the Governor of the Central Bank Chrystalla Georghadji has been the target of a witch-hunt by the political parties there is little doubt.
CONGRESS chief Sonia Gandhi on Wednesday accused the NDA government of indulging in a witch-hunt after the party received a notice from the income tax department in a case related to the now defunct National Herald newspaper.
Condemning the act by the tabloid, Jacqueline Kasha, a prominent Ugandan lesbian activist, who also appeared on Red Pepper's list, tweeted that the media witch-hunt was back.
DAVE Lee Travis is the victim of a witch-hunt because of a failure to catch paedophile Jimmy Savile, his lawyer claimed yesterday.
This isn't a witch-hunt - certainly not on my part anyway.
Writing witch-hunt histories; challenging the paradigm.
Summary: David Cameron has said that accusations of paedophilia against senior Tories risk becoming a witch-hunt against those who are gay.
Sources have informed that besides government officials, private institutions were also been monitored for their possible ties; while all activists of Hezb-al-Tehreer have been known to have gone underground in wake of the witch-hunt.
Accountability should not become a witch-hunt or an organised campaign to malign or defame a respected and popular national institution like the Pakistan army," the PML-Q leader said, adding that it was also wrong to involve the judiciary in all issues.