Definitions

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)

Etymologies

From Late Latin persecūtio ("chase, pursuit"), from Latin persequor ("follow up, pursue"), from per- (“through”) +‎ sequor (“follow”). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • 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.

    OpEdNews - Diary: Venezuela's Opposition ready for primaries in Q1 ... government debates alliances

  • 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.

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  • This persecution is to be an affirmation and encouragement to us that we are living a life different from the world.

    Don't Give Up

  • Those who suffer from this illness persecute others, and anyone who rejects their persecution is accused of persecuting them.

    Think Progress » Three Years Ago Today, Bush Misled Us Into War

  • MOOS: When the dialogue got really enhanced by a heckler upset about what she calls the persecution of a Chinese religious sect.

    CNN Transcript Apr 21, 2006

  • 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.

    CNN Transcript Apr 20, 2006

  • 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.

    Chapter VII. General View of the Remainder of My Life

  • 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.

    The Great Events by Famous Historians, Volume 04

  • 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.

    The autobiography of John Stuart Mill

  • 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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