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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.
He says: "Witch-hunter Matthew Hopkins had a big stick with a nail which retracted when touched.