Persecute meaning

pûrsĭ-kyo͝ot
To persecute is to treat someone badly or cause him to suffer, especially because of his race, religion, gender or national origin.

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.

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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.

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To oppress or harass with ill-treatment, especially because of race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, or beliefs.
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To annoy persistently; bother.

Persecuted the babysitter with foolish questions.

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To afflict or harass constantly so as to injure or distress; oppress cruelly, esp. for reasons of religion, politics, or race.
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To trouble or annoy constantly.

Persecuted by mosquitoes.

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To harass with importunity; to pursue with persistent solicitations; to annoy.
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Origin of persecute

  • Middle English from Old French persecuter back-formation from persecuteur persecutor from Late Latin persecūtor from persecūtus past participle of persequī to persecute from Latin to pursue per- per- sequī to follow sekw-1 in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From French persécuter, from Latin persequor (“follow up, pursue"), from per- (“through") +"Ž sequor (“follow") (English sequel). Compare prosecute.

    From Wiktionary