• WordNet 3.6
    • n witch-hunt searching out and harassing dissenters
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In literature:

They asserted that a witch hunt would hurt the Belmont image and reflect badly on all who worked there.
"Wild Justice" by Ruth M. Sprague
It is the great witch-hunt, and many will be smelt out as wizards and slain.
"King Solomon's Mines" by H. Rider Haggard
A "familiar," a witch, of Lady Huntly's predicted that the Queen would never arrive.
"John Knox and the Reformation" by Andrew Lang
This would answer your purpose better than hunting up witches, Master Potts.
"The Lancashire Witches" by William Harrison Ainsworth
To hunt down witches there, and to bring them to the stake, met with general approval.
"The Mysteries of All Nations" by James Grant
It was believed in England, as well as in Wales, that witches were often hunted in the shape of hares.
"Welsh Folk-Lore a Collection of the Folk-Tales and Legends of North Wales" by Elias Owen
Then it was, of course, the duty of the courts and selectmen to hunt up the witches.
"Comic History of the United States" by Bill Nye
Their more recent hunts had proven successful, for the witches had temporarily left off tampering with their guns.
"The Witch of Salem" by John R. Musick
The impetus given by Protestantism to witch-hunting in Scotland was most marked.
"Religion & Sex" by Chapman Cohen
By now it had become a regular thing for them to go hunting with the Lion-Witch.
"Old-Time Stories" by Charles Perrault

In poetry:

Hunting of witches and warlocks,
Smiting the heathen horde,—
One hand on the mason's trowel,
And one on the soldier's sword.
"Cobbler Keezar's Vision" by John Greenleaf Whittier
They hunted her along the sea,
"Witch, Witch!" they cried and hissed their hate--
Her hair unbound fell to her knee
And made a glory where she sate.
"The Witch" by Isabel Ecclestone Mackay
King Eric has sailed from Noroway,
O'er the wintry sea he roves,
And he's hunted the seals for a month and a day
Over the icepack cold and grey,
The seals that the Witch-wife loves.
"The Witch-Wife" by Cicely Fox Smith
She leaps on the rocks like a hunted thing,
And the waves now leap above.
Such was the fate of Eric the King,
Who hunted the seals to his ruining,
The seals that the Witch-maids love!
"The Witch-Wife" by Cicely Fox Smith

In news:

GOP presidential hopeful Herman Cain repeated that he has "never sexually harassed anyone," adding that he believes he is the victim of a "witch hunt.
Appleseed explores the witch hunts and madness of Arthur Miller's The Crucible.
Quit- tam suit a 'witch hunt,' urges pres.
Lance Armstrong declined to fight charges of doping, which he described as a 'witch hunt'.
Bill would spur a witch hunt of homosexuals in Uganda .
The current witch hunt is unfair to him and the majority of people who elected him.
So exactly how long will the witch hunt go on at the EPISD and Bowie High School.
Benghazi probe turning into witch-hunt .
Eel inquiry a ' witch-hunt '.
Look for "Witch Hunt", coming this October to a theater near you.
Refs on a Witch Hunt.
This is in response to the witch hunt going on at a local church.
Recipe for a witch hunt.
It's Time to Stop the Witch Hunt.
No Witch Hunt For Big Oil.