witch hunt


Definition of witch hunt

1 : a searching out for persecution of persons accused of witchcraft
2 : the searching out and deliberate harassment of those (such as political opponents) with unpopular views

Other Words from witch hunt

witch-hunter \ ˈwich-​ˌhən-​tər How to pronounce witch hunt (audio) \ noun
witch-hunting \ ˈwich-​ˌhən-​tiŋ How to pronounce witch hunt (audio) \ noun or adjective

Examples of witch hunt in a Sentence

He was the victim of a congressional witch hunt against Communists.
Recent Examples on the Web James' office has been conducting a civil investigation into the Trump Organization and the accuracy of its financial statements since 2019, which Trump has called a political witch hunt. Kara Scannell, CNN, 19 Jan. 2022 The former President has denied the allegations, and accused the Manhattan D.A.’s office of conducting a political witch hunt. Jane Mayer, The New Yorker, 24 Feb. 2022 Moscow condemned the moves, with Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov calling the treason charges a witch hunt. Washington Post, 27 Feb. 2022 Some in education and legal scholars criticized UIC’s actions, calling it an overreaction and a witch hunt that could create a chill that would impede their ability to teach. William Lee, chicagotribune.com, 17 Feb. 2022 The prime minister’s critics say his battle against corruption charges has done serious damage to Israeli democracy and the rule of law, with Netanyahu repeatedly calling the investigation of him a witch hunt and his prosecution illegitimate. Laura King, Los Angeles Times, 30 May 2021 Any further sign of personal cooperation by Pence with a committee decried by Trump and House Republicans as a witch hunt would likely end what already looks like an unfeasible political balancing act. Stephen Collinson, CNN, 1 Feb. 2022 The former president has denied all wrongdoing in relation to the investigation and has painted it as a politically motivated witch hunt. Siladitya Ray, Forbes, 19 Jan. 2022 Trump has maintained that the committee's efforts are a partisan witch hunt, and several top Trump allies have refused to cooperate with the probe. John Santucci, ABC News, 13 Feb. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of witch hunt

1853, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Witch hunt.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/witch%20hunt. Accessed 20 May. 2022.

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