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This is not a witch hunt... it's a reckoning.
— A common saying amongst Vera witches

Witch hunts are events in which witches are hunted down and murdered by townspeople. The process of execution process is usually hanging, drowning or being burned alive at the stake.

Metaphor

Witch hunt can also be used figuratively to refer to an investigation usually done with much publicity that's accused of hysteria and seeking to purge undesirable elements from society.

Cameron Russo believed that the accusations of sexual harassment against Professor Warner Thaine (in reality, the immortal demon Taydeus) to be a hysterical hunt with no evidence. Members of the Vera family, ironically a coven of witches themselves, often dismiss this accusations, instead claiming that they're making wrongdoers face the full consequences of their misdeeds.

Trivia

  • The use of this term by Charmed is part of it's themes of intersectional feminism.
  • Mel's claims that "strong women were accused of witchcraft" has historical basis as historical witch hunters did not believe it possible for women to be successful healers without supernatural or demonic aid.