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

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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 The former president dismissed those probes on Saturday night as part of an ongoing witch hunt. Grace Segers, CBS News, 6 June 2021 This was not just an exaggeration but an inversion: He was being investigated in search of truth, while in a witch hunt, a forgone guilty verdict is reached by twisted interpretation and fantastical invention. Carolyn Kellogg, Los Angeles Times, 3 June 2021 Most people who didn’t pay someone to take the SATs for them know that Salem, Mass., was the scene of a far greater and more destructive witch hunt. Washington Post, 1 June 2021 Netanyahu has denied all the charges, describing them as a media-fueled witch hunt against him. Hadas Gold, CNN, 31 May 2021 In a statement Wednesday, Mr. Trump again called the investigation by New York Attorney General Letitia James, a Democrat, a partisan witch hunt. Michael Amon, WSJ, 19 May 2021 The classification leads to essentially a witch hunt, which forces many of the Touched women to land at The Orphanage. Manasa Vedula, Glamour, 6 May 2021 To that end, Greitens is comparing himself to Trump, saying that each of them was a victim of an unfair political witch hunt — and wooed Guilfoyle to join his campaign. David M. Drucker, Washington Examiner, 19 Apr. 2021 This -- Gaetz has been describing this as a liberal witch hunt. ABC News, 11 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of witch hunt

1885, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of witch hunt was in 1885

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10 Jun 2021

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“Witch hunt.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/witch%20hunt. Accessed 14 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of witch hunt

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

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