witch-hunting

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witch-hunting (uncountable)

  1. (chiefly historical) Engagement in a witch-hunt; searching for witches or for evidence against them.
    • 2017, Ronald Hutton, The Witch, Yale University Press 2018, p. 29:
      Witch-hunting has often been prominent both in revolutionary movements which directly opposed and helped to end colonialism or white supremacy, and in the successor states, under native regimes, which emerged out of the former colonies.
  2. Engagement in a political witch-hunt; unjust or ideological persecution.