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witch hunt

noun
1.
an intensive effort to discover and expose disloyalty, subversion, dishonesty, or the like, usually based on slight, doubtful, or irrelevant evidence.
Origin
1925-1930
1925-30
Related forms
witch hunter, noun
witch-hunting, noun

witch-hunt

[wich-huhnt] /ˈwɪtʃˌhʌnt/
verb (used with object)
1.
to subject to a witch hunt.
Origin
1925-30
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British Dictionary definitions for witch-hunt

witch-hunt

noun
1.
a rigorous campaign to round up or expose dissenters on the pretext of safeguarding the welfare of the public
Derived Forms
witch-hunter, noun
witch-hunting, noun, adjective
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Word Origin and History for witch-hunt

witch hunt

n.

1630s in the literal sense; the extended sense is attested from 1932 (in witch-hunting), popularized in Cold War anti-Communist hysteria.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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