from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The act or practice of persecuting on the basis of race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, or beliefs that differ from those of the persecutor.
- n. The condition of being persecuted.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The act of persecuting.
- n. A program or campaign to subjugate or eliminate a specific group of people, often based on race, religion, sexuality, or social beliefs.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The act or practice of persecuting; especially, the infliction of loss, pain, or death for adherence to a particular creed or mode of worship.
- n. The state or condition of being persecuted.
- n. A carrying on; prosecution.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The act or practice of persecuting; harassing or oppressive treatment; especially, the infliction of injury (as loss of property or civil rights, physical suffering, or death) as a punishment for adhering to some opinion or course of conduct, as a religious creed or a mode of worship,which cannot properly be regarded as criminal.
- n. Persistent or repeated injury or annoyance of any kind.
- n. A time of general or systematic oppression or infliction of torture, death, etc., on account of religious opinion or belief: as, the ten persecutions of Christians under the Roman emperors.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the act of persecuting (especially on the basis of race or religion)
From Late Latin persecūtio ("chase, pursuit"), from Latin persequor ("follow up, pursue"), from per- (“through”) + sequor (“follow”). (Wiktionary)