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witch-hunt

a rigorous campaign to round up or expose dissenters on the pretext of safeguarding the welfare of the public
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The most significant transformation of the popular belief in the phantoms of the night came about during the witch trials themselves.
In admitting her culpability in the witch trials, Putnam signaled an end to witch scares, which had been sporadic throughout the seventeenth century.
Over 300 years have passed since the turbulent days of the Salem witch trials and those who managed to escape are now facing extinction," according to the promo of "American Horror Story- Coven.
The form which the trials took on reveals a diversity which indicates less commonality among witchcraft charges than most have assumed, which cautions against the practice of isolating and artificially unifying studies of witch trials.
The strange case of Hellish Nell; the true story of Helen Duncan and the witch trial of World War II.
IRELAND'S last witch trial has been re-investigated ahead of the 300th anniversary of a case that saw eight women jailed.
Salem, of Witch Trial infamy, is only 25 miles away and comes alive at Halloween.
Visitors to the Haunted Hallowe'en banquet will have the opportunity to learn more about these spooks and spectres and witness the recreation of a Salem-style witch trial.
Once the momentous step of holding a witch trial against a chief justice is taken, it can be taken again and again, against any vertebrate judge.
It was as lively as Franklin could make it, and he contributed his Dialogue Between Philocles and Horatio Concerning Virtue and Pleasure; the letters of Anthony Afterwit and Alice Addertongue; The Meditation on a Quart Mug; A Witch Trial at Mount Holly; and An Apology for Printers, the last being a statement (June 10, 1731) on freedom of the press.
The astonishing story of Christine Keeler and the so-called Profumo affair is the Salem Witch Trial meets OJ Simpson - a perfect storm of gender, class, race and power that resonates into the world we're living in today.