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.
Critics believe the government's bid to repossess the parcel, adjacent to the NYS training centre, is political witch-hunt.
He also contended that Tompolo was innocent of the charges, that the issue was a purel political witch-hunt.
MacAskill had said: "It's akin to a witch-hunt and creating a climate of fear.
Summary: New Delhi [India], Aug 02 (ANI): Congress leader Ahmed Patel on Wednesday said that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is on an unprecedented witch-hunt just to win one Rajya Sabha seat.
Witch-Hunt and Conspiracy: The "Ninja Case" in East Java.
US President Donald Trump has told his Twitter followers that they are witnessing the "single greatest witch-hunt in American history".
To me what's interesting about Trump's tweet is the use of the witch-hunt analogy, because it's a classic way in which somebody implicitly claims, 'I am being unfairly targeted,' because we all believe the people who were accused of witchcraft in 1692 were unfairly targeted," she said.
In his much-used textbook on The Witch-Hunt in Early Modern Europe, Levack took one approach to providing a synthesis of the persecutions: while acknowledging geographical and chronological variations, each chapter of the text focuses on some factor that was either a precondition or an inducement to witch-hunting (such as the rise of the cumulative concept, religious conflict, judicial change, and so on).
Mostly in the tribal-dominated areas in India, according to Mishra, thousands of women are assaulted and killed during the witch-hunt.
Witch-Hunt and Conspiracy examines the oBanyuwangi Incidento of 1998, also known as the oBanyuwangi Caseo or the oNinja Case,o which occurred in Java, Indonesia, during which 100 killings took place.