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From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishwitch-huntˈwitch-hunt noun [countable]  CRUELan attempt to find and punish people in a society or organization whose opinions are regarded as wrong or dangerous – used to show disapproval anti-Communist witch-hunts
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witch-huntHe does not want the army to feel that it is the subject of a witch-hunt.McCarthy's Communist witch-hunt had been unleashed with the support of leading Republicans and had undoubtedly helped to elect Eisenhower in 1952.Nor did a demagogue emerge to match Senator Joseph McCarthy, whose cynical witch-hunts in the l950s put a generation on trial.The investigation is just another political witch-hunt.And for Rome to acquiesce in such witch-hunts must indicate that Rome herself felt threatened.His accusation got nowhere, but it foreshadowed the witch-hunt.But the end of McCarthy by no means meant the end of the witch-hunt.
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