When you treat people of a specific religion badly and discriminate against them, this is an example of a situation where you persecute people of their religion.
- to afflict or harass constantly so as to injure or distress; oppress cruelly, esp. for reasons of religion, politics, or race
- to trouble or annoy constantly: persecuted by mosquitoes
Origin of persecuteLate Middle English persecuten ; from Middle French persécuter, back-formation ; from persécuteur ; from Classical Latin persecutor ; from persequi, to pursue ; from per, through + sequi, to follow: see sequent
transitive verbper·se·cut·ed, per·se·cut·ing, per·se·cutes
- To oppress or harass with ill-treatment, especially because of race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, or beliefs.
- To annoy persistently; bother: persecuted the babysitter with foolish questions.
Origin of persecuteMiddle English, from Old French persecuter, back-formation from persecuteur, persecutor, from Late Latin persec&umacron;tor, from persec&umacron;tus, past participle of persequ&imacron;, to persecute, from Latin, to pursue : per-, per- + sequ&imacron;, to follow; see sekw-1 in Indo-European roots.
- per′se·cu′tive, per′se·cu·to′ry
(third-person singular simple present persecutes, present participle persecuting, simple past and past participle persecuted)
- To pursue in a manner to injure, grieve, or afflict; to beset with cruelty or malignity; to harass; especially, to afflict, harass, punish, or put to death for one's race, sexual identity, adherence to a particular religious creed, or mode of worship.
- "Do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you." - Matt. 5:44.
- To harass with importunity; to pursue with persistent solicitations; to annoy.