witch hunt


witch hunt

noun

: the act of unfairly looking for and punishing people who are accused of having opinions that are believed to be dangerous or evil

Full Definition of WITCH HUNT

1
:  a searching out for persecution of persons accused of witchcraft
2
:  the searching out and deliberate harassment of those (as political opponents) with unpopular views
witch–hunt·er noun
witch–hunt·ing noun or adjective

Examples of WITCH HUNT

  1. He was the victim of a congressional witch hunt against Communists.

First Known Use of WITCH HUNT

1885

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