American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth 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.
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.
- 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.
GNU Webster's 1913
- 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. obsolete A carrying on; prosecution.
- 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)
“Uzcategui declared that the PPT is in constant dialogue with the PSUV on grassroots level and that there must be an end to what he calls persecution of PPT councilors.”
“At a rally on Saturday in the main square of Titograd, the capital of the republic of Montenegro, the protesters demonstrated against what they called persecution by ethnic Albanians in Kosovo.”
“This persecution is to be an affirmation and encouragement to us that we are living a life different from the world.”
“Those who suffer from this illness persecute others, and anyone who rejects their persecution is accused of persecuting them.”
“MOOS: When the dialogue got really enhanced by a heckler upset about what she calls the persecution of a Chinese religious sect.”
“China's president has just launched into his speech when the dialogue got really enhanced by a heckler, upset about what she called the persecution of a Chinese religious sect.”
“Many were offended by what they called the persecution of Mr. Eyre: and still greater offence was taken at my sending a subscription to the election expenses of Mr. Bradlaugh.”
“And if any of those who lost their eyes that day were afterward asked by what mischance he was blinded, he would answer that it was not a mischance, but a token of favor from God, for they gloried as much in those wounds they received in the defence of their superstition as our enthusiasts do in what they call persecution, and with much the same reason.”
“Many were offended by what they called the persecution of Mr Eyre: and still greater offence was taken at my sending a subscription to the election expenses of Mr Bradlaugh.”
“Two weeks after ultra-Orthodox Jews in Jerusalem wore yellow stars and striped prison uniforms, invoking Nazi Germany to protest what they called their persecution by secular Israelis, Israel's Parliament moved closer to approving a bill that would ban the display of Third Reich symbols and even make it a crime to call someone a Nazi.”
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