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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.
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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
Collins English Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged, 12th Edition 2014 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1994, 1998, 2000, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2014
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)
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Translations

witch-hunt

n (lit, fig)Hexenjagd f
Collins German Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged 7th Edition 2005. © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1980 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1997, 1999, 2004, 2005, 2007

witch-hunt

[ˈwɪtʃˌhʌnt] ncaccia alle streghe
Collins Italian Dictionary 1st Edition © HarperCollins Publishers 1995
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It discusses factors that led to the witch hunts, such as the English Civil War, trials in England, the roles of local clergy and magistrates, and fear of Native Americans.
While Trump is apparently consumed with himself, he neglected to address that the Salem witch hunts were the worst in American history.
Witchcraft beliefs and the trials of the witch "craze" were (or so the story went) the product of the Middle Ages, and much of the blame for the witch hunts could be placed squarely on the Catholic Church.
Chutney Mohato is one of the survivors of witch hunts. She was accused of witchcraft in 1997 in her village in the eastern Jharkhand state.
WITCH HUNT: A CENTURY OF MURDER Channel 5, 9pm Four hundred years ago, hundreds of innocent people were persecuted, tortured and killed as an obsession to stamp out Satanism swept the British Isles, resulting in mass witch hunts and trials.
But Mr Bailey said: "Our desire for change is not out of a wish for witch hunts, but because clear responsibility creates the incentive to manage and mitigate risks."
In fact, the result of this action is obvious, because the results of witch hunts have never changed throughout history.
All of these deaths were very public events, and in the decades when Williams was in England, the witch hunts were increasing.
Historians across the north of Europe from Britain to Russia--and one from Australia--analyze the history of witch hunts as a distinct literary genre, emphasizing how it has changed over the past five centuries.
The late Mary Daly's controversial 1978 book Gyn/Ecology: The Metaethics of Radical Feminism included an entire chapter on the witch hunts, represented as the epitome of what Daly called the "Androcratic State of Atrocity." In this and other works Daly also urged readers to reclaim their identities as "revolting hags," crones, and witches.
Washington, Sep 5 ( ANI ): Witch hunts maybe a common practice in the tea plantations of Jalpaiguri, India, but small groups of women in the tribal regions of West Bengal, who are being provided aid through a non-governmental loan program, have achieved some success in stopping this deep-seated tradition, a Michigan State University sociologist has revealed.
"Malden to Salem is barely a dozen miles." Demos observes, as he considers the characteristics common to both witch hunts: "A panic atmosphere builds....