Examples of persecute in a Sentence
The country's leaders relentlessly persecuted those who fought against the regime.
They were persecuted for their beliefs.
Recent Examples of persecute from the Web
Thousands of people have been legally persecuted for insulting the president and the owners and editorial leadership of opposition newspapers Cumhuriyet, Sozcu, OdaTV, Evrensel and Birgun have all been jailed, detained or are facing trial.
In recent weeks, experts found that Hartman exhibits signs of delusions and believes she is being persecuted, Judge Maura Slattery Boyle said from the bench before ordering Hartman into the custody of the state Department of Human Services.
They had been persecuted as Christians and fled to the United States as religious refugees.
Regime founder Kim Il Sung, who persecuted Christians, grew up in a Presbyterian home and learned to play the church organ, historians said.
Asylum is a special status granted to people who have suffered persecution or fear they will be persecuted because of race, religion, nationality, membership in a social group or political opinion.
Helen Foster is not the only person at HUD that has been persecuted in this witch hunt under your watch.
Brunson is being held as a pawn in a hostage negotiation, said David Curry of Open Doors USA, a non-profit organization that supports Christians in countries that persecute them for their beliefs.
Some of these churches are aggressively persecuted, their ministers imprisoned.
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prosecute vs. persecute
Take care to distinguish between prosecuted and persecuted, although we sincerely hope that neither word applies to you. Persecute typically has a small range of meanings, such as “to harass or punish in a manner designed to injure, grieve, or afflict.” Although the word is occasionally found in dialectal use to mean “prosecute,” many usage guides consider this to be an error. Prosecute is generally found today in a legal context (“to bring legal action against for redress or punishment of a crime or violation of law”), although the word may also be used to mean “to follow to the end” or “to engage in.” If someone is prosecuted they are being tried in a court of law; if they are persecuted they are being targeted and harassed.
Origin and Etymology of persecute
get one's goat, get on one's nerves, get to, rub the wrong way, set one's teeth on edge, stick in one's craw, wear on;
Synonym Discussion of persecute
- a penal system that had wronged him
- a people oppressed by a warmongering tyrant
- a child persecuted by constant criticism
- a legal aid society representing aggrieved minority groups
PERSECUTE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of persecute for English Language Learners
: to treat (someone) cruelly or unfairly especially because of race or religious or political beliefs
: to constantly annoy or bother (someone)
PERSECUTE Defined for Kids
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