Definitions for persecuteˈpɜr sɪˌkyut

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

per•se•cuteˈpɜr sɪˌkyut(v.t.)-cut•ed, -cut•ing.

  1. to subject to harassing or cruel treatment, as because of religion, race, or beliefs; oppress.

  2. to annoy or trouble persistently.

Origin of persecute:

1400–50; back formation from persecutour persecutor (< AF) < LL persecūtor orig. prosecutor = L persecū-, var. s. of persequī to prosecute, pursue closely (see per -, sequence ) +-tor -tor

per′se•cu`to•ry-ˌkyu tə ri, -kyəˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i(adj.)

Princeton's WordNet

  1. persecute, oppress(verb)

    cause to suffer

    "Jews were persecuted in the former Soviet Union"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. persecute(verb)ˈpɜr sɪˌkyut

    to treat sb unfairly due to their religion, race, etc.

    a tribe that has been persecuted for centuries

Wiktionary

  1. persecute(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.

    "Do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you." u2013 Matt. 5:44.

  2. persecute(Verb)

    To harass with importunity; to pursue with persistent solicitations; to annoy.

  3. Origin: From persécuter, from persequor, from (English sequel). Compare prosecute.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Persecute(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

  2. Persecute(verb)

    to harass with importunity; to pursue with persistent solicitations; to annoy


Translations for persecute

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary

persecute(verb)

to make (someone) suffer, especially because of their opinions or beliefs

They were persecuted for their religion.

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