- Persecution is harassment or bad treatment based on race, religion, gender or sexual orientation.
When people are treated badly and harassed because of their religious beliefs, this is an example of religious persecution.
persecution definition by Webster's New World
Origin: Middle English persecucion ; from Old French ; from Classical Latin persecutio
persecution definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- The act or practice of persecuting on the basis of race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, or beliefs that differ from those of the persecutor.
- The condition of being persecuted.
- perˌse·cuˈtion·al adjective