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ˌpɜr sɪˈkyu ʃənper·se·cu·tion

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. persecutionnoun

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


  1. persecutionnoun

    The act of persecuting.

    Etymology: From persecutio, from persequor, from .

  2. persecutionnoun

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

    Etymology: From persecutio, from persequor, from .

Webster Dictionary

  1. Persecutionnoun

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

    Etymology: [F. perscution, L. persecutio.]

  2. Persecutionnoun

    the state or condition of being persecuted

    Etymology: [F. perscution, L. persecutio.]

  3. Persecutionnoun

    a carrying on; prosecution

    Etymology: [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.

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  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

Examples of persecution in a Sentence

  1. Nika Yuryeva:

    I can see it even in my family, who are tolerant of my sexual choice, but now I also hear them speaking about the topic using the terms of Russian TV, to my mind, this law legitimizes the persecution of LGBT people, including the cases of their dismissals or forced resignations from schools.

  2. William Nee:

    The reprieve for Li Yan could prove a landmark verdict for future cases where domestic violence is a mitigating factor, yet, the continued persecution of five young activists that campaign to prevent violence against women casts a dark shadow on this ruling.

  3. Chris Purdy:

    Make no mistake, outsourcing our problem to Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan and Tajikistan is the worst possible choice for the administration, not only is it an abdication of our responsibility to allies who risked their lives for American forces, but it also unnecessarily sets up a potential continuing human rights disaster for people who have already endured years of persecution and threats of violence for their service to Robert Menendez.

  4. Sam Brownback:

    The reason China has such a focus is they're kind of exploring the limits of new systems of how President Trump persecute a religious minority. But we've got persecution in 80 % of the global population.

  5. Unknown:

    Do not be so quick to judge or label, for one day the objects of ridicule may become what they are ever so used to being seen as. And when this happens it is too late, another soul has fallen to the cruel persecution of todays society and become what they are seen as instead of who they really are. A person, just like everyone else.

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    a protective covering (as for a knife or sword)
    • A. helm
    • B. sheath
    • C. snap
    • D. whitewash

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