Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. One who persecutes; one who pursues and harasses another unjustly and vexatiously, particularly on account of religious principles.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. One who persecutes, or harasses.
- n. someone who torments
“But true religion is rare, and the best modern security against the persecutor is the secular power.”
“I trembled lest this Barnard, if so I should still continue to call her persecutor, should again discover and again molest her.”
“This, said he, (and honoured me by kissing my hand,) is engaging, indeed; if I may hope, that my Pamela's gentle inclination for her persecutor was the strongest motive to her return; and I so much value a voluntary love in the person I would wish for my wife, that I would have even prudence and interest hardly named in comparison with it: And can you return me sincerely the honest compliment I now make you?”
“Among the types are the "persecutor" who micromanages or abuses others.”
“He should be commended for standing his ground and laying into the government "persecutor".”
“When injured, he immediately forgave, as he hoped to be forgiven,  and when reviled and persecuted, he never became 'persecutor'.”
“This then leads you to lash out over something trivial as you become the "persecutor". ”
“Hitler was a "persecutor" of Jews, but the "enemy" of Jews was the power that occupied Palestine, the British.”
“-- My persecutor was a spy under your late King. ”
“We all know of Saint Paul's road to Damascus conversion, transforming himself from a rabid persecutor of Christians into their greatest promoter.”
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