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ˌpɜr sɪˈkyu ʃənper·se·cu·tion

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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.

    Etymology: From persecutio, from persequor, from .

  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.

    Etymology: 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

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

  2. Persecution(noun)

    the state or condition of being persecuted

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

  3. Persecution(noun)

    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. Felix Maradiaga:

    Nicaragua has become a huge prison which seems to be without any controls, however everyday we see a climate of terror and indiscriminate persecution.

  2. Ted Cruz coloring books:

    These threats have been growing, they have been growing for decades but never have the threats been greater to religious liberty than they are right here and now today, these threats are not imagined, they're not made up. These are real people leading real lives who found themselves facing persecution simply for living out their faith. There is a war on faith in America today.

  3. Charles Santiago:

    The need for effective regional action to combat the crisis is clear, yet our leaders have consistently failed to act, they hide behind the arcane and ultimately destructive policy of non-interference, repeating the demonstrably false claim that the Myanmar government's persecution of Rohingya is an 'internal affair'.

  4. Senator Ted Cruz:

    President Obama and Hillary Clinton's idea that we should bring tens of thousands of Syrian Muslim refugees to America, it is nothing less than lunacy, now on the other hand, Christians who are being targeted for genocide, for persecution, Christians who are being beheaded or crucified, we should be providing safe haven to them.

  5. Oskar Schindler:

    The persecution of Jews in occupied Poland meant that we could see horror emerging gradually in many ways. In 1939, they were forced to wear Jewish stars, and people were herded and shut up into ghettos. Then, in the years '41 and '42 there was plenty of public evidence of pure sadism. With people behaving like pigs, I felt the Jews were being destroyed. I had to help them. There was no choice.

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