What does persecution mean?

Definitions for persecutionˌpɜr sɪˈkyu ʃən

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. persecution(noun)

    the act of persecuting (especially on the basis of race or religion)


  1. persecution(Noun)

    The act of persecuting.

  2. persecution(Noun)

    A program or campaign to subjugate or eliminate a specific group of people, often based on race, religion, sexuality, or social beliefs.

  3. Origin: From persecutio, from persequor, from .

Webster Dictionary

  1. Persecution(noun)

    the act or practice of persecuting; especially, the infliction of loss, pain, or death for adherence to a particular creed or mode of worship

  2. Persecution(noun)

    the state or condition of being persecuted

  3. Persecution(noun)

    a carrying on; prosecution

  4. Origin: [F. perscution, L. persecutio.]


  1. Persecution

    Persecution is the systematic mistreatment of an individual or group by another group. The most common forms are religious persecution, ethnic persecution and political persecution, though there is naturally some overlap between these terms. The inflicting of suffering, harassment, isolation, imprisonment, fear, or pain are all factors that may establish persecution. Even so, not all suffering will necessarily establish persecution. The suffering experienced by the victim must be sufficiently severe. The threshold level of severity has been a source of much debate.


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of persecution in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of persecution in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. George Orwell, 1984:

    The object of persecution is persecution. The object of torture is torture. The object of power is power.

  2. Jeffrey Fowle:

    I'd read about the persecution of the Christians in the country -- I felt compelled to help them in some way.

  3. Frank Moore Colby:

    Persecution was at least a sign of personal interest. Tolerance is composed of nine parts apathy to one of brotherly love.

  4. The Pope:

    May the power of Christ, which brings freedom and service, be felt in so many hearts afflicted by war, persecution and slavery.

  5. Morris Raphael Cohen:

    Cruel persecution and intolerance are not accidents, but grow out of the very essense of religion, namely, its absolute claims.

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