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Words related to witch-hunter

someone who identifies and punishes people for their opinions

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The picture that emerges throws a light on the intimate and family life of many individuals across the social spectrum, and illustrates women's piety in a manner far removed from the vitriolic abuse heaped on women by the few misogynistic witch-hunters.
To explain why witch-hunters in Portugal during the 16th and 17th centuries were not as zealous as their contemporaries in northern Europe, and what social function witch trials served when they were held, he begins by constructing a basic framework of commonly held Portuguese beliefs, particularly concerning magical practitioners, and how these ideas shaped witchcraft trials.
If the Rosenbergs are executed, it will be a great victory for the witch-hunters and war-makers.
But the apolitical Peter soon finds out that the House Un-American Activities Committee, in its tireless quest to root out Hollywood Communists, has his name on a list, and he'd better testify before the witch-hunters and give up names of his own if he wants to keep working.
Some of his non-nuclear activities were hardly more appealing, most infamously his betrayal, through damning testimony, of his colleague and friend Robert Oppenheimer when the witch-hunters went after him in 1954--an act for which many old friends and colleagues never forgave him.