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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
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Scholars have explored the possibility that particular features of the early modern social and political landscape (such as the rise of the nation state) may have encouraged witch-hunting.
A legacy of violence against women, witch-hunting is common in more than twelve states, including Rajasthan, Jharkhand, Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, Haryana, Gujarat, Orissa, Assam, Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh and West Bengal.
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In the final episode of her study, acclaimed historian Dr Suzannah Lipscomb reveals how an opportunistic young 17th-century Puritan honed witch-hunting into an art.
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The practice of witch-hunting, which generally targeted women, especially during Europe's darkest period, the Middle Ages, is proof that humankind is extremely open to false beliefs and that people can be very cruel at times.
com/india/1845208/report-mob-beats-man-to-death-dances-around-his-body) told DNA, adding the case was of witch-hunting and involved the whole village.
Rainer Decker's illuminating study of the papacy's involvement in witch-hunting from the Middle Ages to the nineteenth century represents the most sustained and comprehensive contribution to this revisionism in witchcraft studies.
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