Variant of persecute
- 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: L Middle English persecuten from Middle French persécuter, back-formation from persécuteur from Classical Latin persecutor from persequi, to pursue from per, through plush sequi, to follow: see sequent
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