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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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``There have always been people who will drop everything and hunt down the conspirators and that was the case in the great European witchhunts.
When a reasoned and quantitative study of the witchhunts in northern Europe is illustrated with Baldung's drawing of naked witches "playing leapfrog," [1] the juxtaposition suggests that his art can serve as an insightful source for historians studying the witchcraft epidemic.
Thorough medical, laboratory, and police investigations proved the allegations false, but the attendant publicity initiated a decade of legal, professional, and social stresses for the author and his wife Christine, a renowned educator who describes the couple's ordeal and discusses measures that would be helpful to others similarly traumatized in this time of sexual witchhunts. Sexual Accusations and Social Turmoil also elaborates a background theme: our erotically obsessed society which, as in medieval times, seeks individuals on which to project its guilts.
Sure, we've all heard of some spectacular cases in which progressive witchhunts got out of hand.
He served as acting chair of the History Department and actively participated in professional conferences and meetings on Japanese history and international relations throughout the West, including with the Institute of Pacific Relations, later vilified during the anti-communist witchhunts of the 1950s.
Try telling that to the men and women who charge they were the victims of the military's witchhunts. "It tore me apart," says Taylor, who comes from a family where serving in the military was a tradition and who now works as the box office manager for the Tennessee Williams Fine Arts Center in Key West, Fla.
It's amusing when televangelist Jim Bakker gets caught, when National Security Council secretary Fawn Hall makes the news or when contra fundrasier Spitz Channell is discovered funneling money to his gay lover, but the glee should be tempered with some caution, for sexual witchhunts can be as vicious and destructive as racial lynching or political purges.