witch-hunt

[ wich-huhnt ]
/ ˈwɪtʃˌhʌnt /

verb (used with object)

to subject to a witch hunt.

noun

Origin of witch-hunt

First recorded in 1925–30

Related forms

witch-hunt·ing, noun

Definition for witch-hunt (2 of 2)

witch hunt

or witch-hunt

[ wich-huhnt ]
/ ˈwɪtʃˌhʌnt /

noun

an intensive effort to discover and expose disloyalty, subversion, dishonesty, or the like, usually based on slight, doubtful, or irrelevant evidence.

Origin of witch hunt

First recorded in 1925–30

Related forms

witch hunter, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for witch-hunt

witch-hunt


noun

a rigorous campaign to round up or expose dissenters on the pretext of safeguarding the welfare of the public

Derived Forms

witch-hunter, nounwitch-hunting, noun, adjective
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