witchhunt

witch-hunt

[wich-huhnt]
verb (used with object)
to subject to a witch hunt.

Origin:
1925–30

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witch-hunt
 
n
a rigorous campaign to round up or expose dissenters on the pretext of safeguarding the welfare of the public
 
'witch-hunter
 
n
 
'witch-hunting
 
n, —adj

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witch hunt
1640 in the literal sense; the extended sense is attested from 1932 (in witch-hunting), popularized in Cold War anti-Communist hysteria.
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