Definitions

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  • adj. of, or relating to persecuting or a persecution

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Same as persecutional.

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Examples

  • But the third, the biggie, is that the psychopathology that leads to murder is that the killer often feels what we call persecutory distress obsessional paranoia, which is the belief that the victim is threatening their well-being in some way and that the only way they can restore their psychic equilibrium is to wipe out the victim.

    CNN Transcript Sep 18, 2009

  • Maybe they are really the Puritans of our age, a kind of persecutory cult of moral perfectionism?

    American Thinker

  • For example, paranoid schizophrenia is typified by exaggerated suspicions of others and fear of persecutory schemes.

    Henry’s Demons

  • "Studying the cultural influences on people's delusions or persecutory thinking, and looking at different aspects of culture and how they effect people's behavior, is a legitmate area of inquiry," Dr. Swartz said.

    Mental illness expert: We should be asking whether political climate helped trigger shooting

  • The near-impossibility of arguing people out of political, social and religious beliefs is the same phenomenon as the impossibility of arguing deluded patients out of their false persecutory or jealous beliefs.www. hedweb.com/bgcharlton/delusions. html

    Election Prediction: Voting will be Irrational, Arnold Kling | EconLog | Library of Economics and Liberty

  • Dr Freeman believes that the research points to a potential treatment for helping to reduce the risk of developing persecutory thoughts.

    Boing Boing

  • Reality-based persecutory fantasies: Much of Loughner's paranoia about government control, etc. is likely delusional, but there is one area where his persecutory beliefs are grounded in reality.

    Mark Goulston, M.D.: Understanding The Arizona Shooter From The Inside Out

  • But either way, the country is drowning in persecutory theories.

    A Nation of Conspiracies

  • The halting of their advance was instrumental, he writes, in creating 'an economically retarded, balkanized, and fratricidal Europe that ... made virtues out of hereditary aristocracy, persecutory religious intolerance, cultural particularism, and perpetual war.'

    An Amazon.com Books Blog featuring news, reviews, interviews and guest author blogs.

  • Al Andalus became the Iberian Caliphate [more properly the Caliphate of Cordoba], and according to David Levering Lewis, an American historian of medieval times, the Islamic civilization in Europe represented a profoundly superior one to the “economically retarded, balkanized, and fratricidal Europe that made virtues out of hereditary aristocracy, persecutory religious intolerance, cultural particularism, and perpetual war.”

    2008 January 29 « Unambiguously Ambidextrous

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