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also witch hunt (wĭch′hŭnt′)
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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Noun1.witch-hunter - someone who identifies and punishes people for their opinions
persecutor, tormenter, tormentor - someone who torments
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CORONATION STREET'S Charlie Condou, pictured, is to play witch-hunter Reverend Hale in the 2017 tour of writer Arthur Miller's American classic The Crucible.
For starters, it's uncertain where our noble witch-hunter, Kaulder, actually comes from: Based on scant evidence in the pre-credit prologue, let's say it's the little-remembered European land of Snowsylvania, though eight centuries has been long enough for him to adopt Diesel's signature gravelly drawl.
For generations, Glory's clan, the Wednesday Coven, has dominated the East End criminal underworld, while Lucas's family of Inquisition witch-hunters has persecuted those of the fae.