Definition of persecute
persecuteeplay \ˌpər-si-ˌkyü-ˈtē\ noun
persecutiveplay \ˈpər-si-ˌkyü-tiv\ adjective
persecutorplay \ˈpər-si-ˌkyü-tər\ noun
persecutoryplay \ˈpər-si-kyü-ˌtȯr-ē, -ˌkyü-tə-rē\ adjective
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
After a global atomic war, an omnipresent government, headed by the party leader Big Brother, persecutes individualism and uses public mind control to sustain their totalitarian rule.
Over the last few years, some scientists have argued that non-native species are unfairly persecuted, their negative effects too frequently assumed rather than conclusively demonstrated.
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Origin and Etymology of persecute
Synonym Discussion of persecute
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
Definition of persecute for Students
: to treat continually in a cruel and harmful way
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