- Present participle of persecute.
Variant of persecute
transitive verbpersecuted, persecuting
- 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