Witch-hunt definition

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An investigation carried out ostensibly to uncover subversive activities but actually used to harass and undermine those with differing views.
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The definition of a witch hunt is a situation where accusations are made freely, especially against someone or something that is not popular with the majority.

An example of a witch hunt is when many women were burned at the stake in Cambridge Massachusetts.

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(historical) A search for witches, persons believed to be using sorcery or harmful magic, in order to persecute and typically kill them.
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A public smear-campaign against an individual.
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An investigation carried out ostensibly to uncover disloyalty, subversive political activity, etc., usually conducted with much publicity and often relying upon inconclusive evidence and capitalizing on public fear of unpopular opinions.
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An attempt to find and publicly punish a group of people perceived as a threat, usually on ideological or political grounds.
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The verbal noun witch-hunting in the literal sense from 1640, the metaphorical sense from 1932, popularized during the Cold War anti-Communist hysteria in the USA.
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Alternative form of witch-hunt.
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Alternative Forms

Alternative Form of witch-hunt - witchhunt

Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
witch-hunt
Plural:
witch-hunts, witchhunts