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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
References in periodicals archive ?
Anyone who thinks otherwise and says so immediately becomes a somewhat repellent figure of fun--a witchhunter, a 'little brown McCarthy'.
"Diana's beloved aunts, Sarah and Em, must take shelter with notorious witchhunter Ysabeau de Clermont at her ancestral home, Sept-Tours.
Now they are under fire by every reactionary witchhunter in the country; they must be defended.
18, 1951, Murrow and Friendly premiered "See It Now," the first TV program dealing with important controversial topics--including communist witchhunter Joe McCarthy.
Vinegar Tom relegates the central masculinist consciousness of The Crucible to the scarcely drawn and unnamed (genetic) "Man" in Scene 1, together with surly Jack (the tenant farmer who induces little more than hostility from the audience), and stereotypes of the sadistic and authoritarian Doctor (an off-stage character), the witchhunter Packer, and the fathers of witchhunting: Kramer and Sprenger.