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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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