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witch hunt

An attempt to blame and punish people who hold unpopular views and opinions, often under the guise of some other investigation. The ruling party's witch hunt against its detractors sparked a civil war.
See also: hunt, witch

witch hunt

a campaign directed against a person or group holding unorthodox or unpopular views.
The expression was inspired by the persecution in former times of people believed to be witches, often culminating in execution by burning.
See also: hunt, witch
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While Trump is apparently consumed with himself, he neglected to address that the Salem witch hunts were the worst in American history.
11) It is certainly reasonable to recognize that the early-modern European witch hunt was "multi-causal," (12) but one is slow to attribute it to a collective mania, considering the length of witch hunting episodes and the legal mechanisms that were widely employed during the whole process.
To this reviewer, Waite is overly insistent about the connection between the motives and methods of Anabaptist persecution and the witch hunt that occurred in the period after Anabaptist executions subsided.
Witch hunts against gay people are essentially a 20th-century phenomenon, ushered in by the introduction of "the homosexual" as a recognized social type in the late 19th century.
This is the greatest Witch Hunt in political history.
The Salem witch hunt has always been used exactly the way President Trump used it," Mary Beth Norton, the author of "In the Devil's Snare: The Salem Witchcraft Crisis of 1692," told (https://www.
It immediately escalated the legal stakes - and the potential political damage - for a president who has tried to dismiss the matter as partisan witch hunt and a "hoax".
When asked if there had been a witch hunt, MacLean said: "I did get a sense of retribution.
A significant number of people, I could say hundreds, have been dismissed or reshuffled," the governor said in a statement that came as a clear confession of the witch hunt in the public sector.
FORMER FIFA vice-president Jack Warner has dismissed the latest allegations against him as "foolishness" and insists there is a witch hunt against Qatar.
Witch hunt from the past IS it not time to stop this awful witch hunt of these so-called celebrities with regard to their sex crimes?
They set about what can only be described as a witch hunt.
A statement posted on the Downing Street website said: "The Prime Ministe has no intention of engaging in a witch hunt against people who acted honourably and in good faith in difficult circumstances.
The events of the era are told as if a documentary crew was actually there, so there's loads of shakey camera work, snatched interviews with bald women accused of being witches and searching questions being asked of the main protagonist - James Carmichael - the Calvinist minister and the main instigator of the witch hunt.
In another, Chuck Keil, consul general in Rome, insisted that the furor over the department's visa policies "smacks of the days of Senator Joe McCarthy, when a witch hunt conducted in the name of protecting Americans from the communist menace ruined the careers of Foreign Service Officers who had allegedly lost China to the Reds, or else helped Communist and Communist sympathizers obtain visas to enter the United States.