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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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American senator, famous for masterminding the communist witchhunts of the 1950s.
Sir John compared the tactics adopted by Tony Blair, then leader of the Opposition, to the McCarthyite witchhunts against communist sympathisers in the United States in the 1950s.
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There have always been people who will drop everything and hunt down the conspirators and that was the case in the great European witchhunts.