from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- transitive verb To oppress or harass with ill-treatment, especially because of race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, or beliefs.
- transitive verb To annoy persistently; bother.
from The Century Dictionary.
- 1. To pursue; follow close after.
- To pursue with harassing or oppressive treatment; harass or afflict with repeated acts of cruelty or annoyance; injure or afflict persistently; specifically, to afflict, harass, or punish on account of opinions, as for adherence to a particular creed or system of religious principles, or to a mode of worship.
- In a weakened sense, to harass or pursue with persistent attentions, solicitations, or other importunities; vex or annoy.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- transitive verb 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 adherence to a particular religious creed or mode of worship.
- transitive verb To harass with importunity; to pursue with persistent solicitations; to annoy.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.
- verb 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.
- verb To harass with importunity; to pursue with persistent solicitations; to annoy.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- verb cause to suffer
from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
And willingness to die for a hallucination one experiences and which happens to reinforce a fraudulent claim made by people one used to persecute, is a third thing.
But I do not know anyone who is personally hurt (as opposed to theoretically offended on behalf of theoretical others) by the use of gyp, and (as I put it in the original discussion, when persecution was brought up) "None of the people who persecute the Roma use the word, and none of the people who use the word persecute Roma."
Nay, it would show that Jesus has not saved the world, if we can go on and speak of him as an actual existence, born of a virgin and risen from the dead, and in his name persecute one another -- oppose the advance of science, deny freedom of thought, terrorize children and women with pictures of hell-fire and seek to establish a spiritual monopoly in the world, when the evidence in hand seems clearly to indicate that such a person never existed.
So for instance a bigot who’s racist or homophobic and who’s told that his actions to discriminate are unacceptable goes on television and says that the people he/she’s trying to persecute is anti-religious …
To be persecuted is not wholly a calamity, but to persecute is to do that for which Nature affords no compensation.
Now the Greens, the inverts, and the liberals want them hunted down and abolished as a racist group of fascists who want to 'persecute' sodomites.
It's really easy to force people to react badly and "persecute" you for your "message" simply by being a jerk.
His reasons came from his China service, belief that Nixon was more right than the press&media that was out to hang him ever since he helped "persecute" Hiss and their Hollywood relatives.
There was no "working in tandem" between Harvard and the FBI, and no effort to "persecute" him by anyone at Harvard.
Here is one triumphant party with arms in their hand, who have only, if they wish, to mark out a victim, and declare his religion and principles as hostile to the state; and, lo! they are at liberty, by their own regulations, to 'persecute' him!