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persecution

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noun per·se·cu·tion \ˌpər-si-ˈkyü-shən\

Definition of persecution

  1. 1 :  the act or practice of persecuting especially those who differ in origin, religion, or social outlook

  2. 2 :  the condition of being persecuted, harassed, or annoyed



14th Century

First Known Use of persecution

14th century


PERSECUTION Defined for Kids

persecution

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noun per·se·cu·tion \ˌpər-si-ˈkyü-shən\

Definition of persecution for Students

  1. 1 :  the act of continually treating in a cruel and harmful way

  2. 2 :  the state of being continually treated in a cruel and harmful way




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persecution

noun per·se·cu·tion

Legal Definition of persecution

  1. :  punishment or harassment usually of a severe nature on the basis of race, religion, or political opinion in one's country of origin <claimed persecution and sought asylum>





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