witch-hunting
noun or adjective see witch hunt

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • witch-hunting — ˈ ̷ ̷ˌ ̷ ̷ ̷ ̷ noun : the act or process of carrying on a witch hunt various forms of hysteria such as witch hunting and a search for scapegoats N.J.Padelford compare red baiting …   Useful english dictionary

  • witch-hunting — See witch hunter. * * * …   Universalium

  • Witch-hunt — Witch trial redirects here. For the song by Rush, see Fear series. For the novel by Ian Rankin, see Witch Hunt (novel). A witch hunt is a search for witches or evidence of witchcraft, often involving moral panic, mass hysteria and mob lynching,… …   Wikipedia

  • witch hunt — witch hunter. witch hunting, n. an intensive effort to discover and expose disloyalty, subversion, dishonesty, or the like, usually based on slight, doubtful, or irrelevant evidence. Also, witch hunt. [1925 30] * * * …   Universalium

  • witch hunt — 1640 in the literal sense; the extended sense is attested from 1932 (in witch hunting), popularized in Cold War anti Communist hysteria …   Etymology dictionary

  • Witch trials in the Early Modern period — Punishments for witchcraft in 16th century Germany. Woodcut from Tengler s Laienspiegel, Mainz, 1508. The Witch trials in the Early Modern period were a period of witch hunts between the fifteenth and eighteenth centuries,[1] when across Early… …   Wikipedia

  • Witch trials in Early Modern Europe — The period of witch trials in Early Modern Europe came in waves and then subsided. There were early trials in the 15th and early 16th centuries, but then the witch scare went into decline, before becoming a big issue again and peaking in the 17th …   Wikipedia

  • witch hunt — n hounding, hue and cry, McCarthyism * * * witch hunter. witch hunting, n. an intensive effort to discover and expose disloyalty, subversion, dishonesty, or the like, usually based on slight, doubtful, or irrelevant evidence. Also, witch hunt.… …   Useful english dictionary

  • witch-hunt — /ˈwɪtʃ hʌnt / (say wich hunt) noun 1. History the searching out of people to be accused of, and executed for, witchcraft. 2. an intensive effort to discover and expose disloyalty, subversion, dishonesty, or the like, usually based on slight,… …   Australian English dictionary

  • witch hunt — noun Date: 1885 1. a searching out for persecution of persons accused of witchcraft 2. the searching out and deliberate harassment of those (as political opponents) with unpopular views • witch hunter noun • witch hunting noun or adjective …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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