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witch hunt

noun

Simple Definition of witch hunt

  • : 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. 1 :  a searching out for persecution of persons accused of witchcraft

  2. 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.



1885

First Known Use of witch hunt

1885


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