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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
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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.
It is unfortunate that no manager at the Kenya Pipeline Corporation has survived the maximum term because of witch-hunts based on fabrication.
Subsequent reprisals against the perpetrators of these witch-hunts, collectively known as the "Ninja" phenomenon, are duly noted in the book but are not its main focus.
Archival research has redrawn the chronology of the witch-hunts, which did not begin in earnest until the Renaissance and peaked in the late sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries.
Pushing aside the social matters of the Republican People's Party (CHP) for a moment, the Welfare Party (RP) was the target of witch-hunts in the 1990s.
1954: Witch-hunts over Lucy Liu Four years of anti-Communist witch-hunts in America came to an end when its instigator, Joseph McCarthy, was condemned for conduct unbecoming a senator.
THERE is a sick mentality in the world that demands scapegoats and feeds witch-hunts. "Scapegoating is the practice of singling out any party for unmerited negative treatment or blame.
Historically, the term describes the investigative procedures used during witch-hunts of the Middle Ages up until the early Colonial period, when investigators were hunting for "witches".
William Monter has written widely and authoritatively about the European witch-hunts, with special attention to the interplay between political power and trials for sorcery and witchcraft.
Discussing witch-hunting as a global phenomenon, at the end of Caliban and the Witch (2004), and commenting on the witch-hunts that have taken place in Africa and other parts of the world in the 1980s and 1990s, I expressed my concern that these persecutions were rarely reported in Europe and the U.S.
The Case of the 16th-17th Century Witch-Hunts," Philosophy, Vol.