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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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We want to say that we will remain a government of inclusion; the newly elected president believes in true democracy, so for people to try to say that people are witch-hunting them, it is not a song for the CDC to dance to, and we are not prepared for any.
In his much-used textbook on The Witch-Hunt in Early Modern Europe, Levack took one approach to providing a synthesis of the persecutions: while acknowledging geographical and chronological variations, each chapter of the text focuses on some factor that was either a precondition or an inducement to witch-hunting (such as the rise of the cumulative concept, religious conflict, judicial change, and so on).
Witch-hunting is a common social malaise in Assam but the government has yet to formulate stringent laws to fight the crime.
So when editors at Viking asked him to write another book on witch-hunting, this time aimed at a general readership, Demos took the bait.
Discussing witch-hunting as a global phenomenon, at the end of Caliban and the Witch (2004), and commenting on the witch-hunts that have taken place in Africa and other parts of the world in the 1980s and 1990s, I expressed my concern that these persecutions were rarely reported in Europe and the U.
Fudge, "Traditions and Trajectories in the Historiography of European Witch-hunting," History Compass, 4/3 (2006): 488-527.
Witch-Hunting in Scotland, Law, Politics and Religion, by Brian P.
Their black hats and broomsticks, or horns and pitchforks, owe most to Hollywood and Hammer Horror, though with any horrific elements modulated by irony and cuteness--but they derive from the Gothic imagination, and further back to the late medieval nightmares of the Last Judgement and the real horrors of the witch-hunting mania of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries.
This new edition includes material from recent literature and from Levack's study of witch-hunting in contemporary Africa.
An Abundance Of Witches: The Great Scottish Witch-Hunt is a detailed history of witch-hunting and persecution in Scotland from approximately 1658-1662, an era generally thought to be the high point of a turbulent history of violence and hatred for accused witches.
retort fired at witch-hunting senator Joseph McCarthy during the Army-McCarthy hearings in 1954 had a very specific context: The red-baiter had named as a Communist sympathizer a young associate of the Army's lead attorney, Joseph Welch, and Welch let him have it.
The attempt to draw an analogy between the witch-hunting activities in Salem, Mass.