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witch hunt

 
pronunciation:
wIch huhnt
parts of speech:
noun, intransitive verb
part of speech: noun
definition 1: a hunt for and punishment of those alleged to be witches, warlocks, or disciples of Satan.
definition 2: a similar pursuit and persecution of those alleged to be guilty of political subversion, spying, or the like, based on unsupported claims or insubstantial evidence, and tending to cause public hysteria.
 
part of speech: intransitive verb
inflections: witch hunts, witch hunting, witch hunted
definition: to conduct or engage in a witch hunt.
derivations: witch hunter (n.), witch hunting (n.)