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
In A.F. Harrold’s gripping novel set in England, the girl, who goes by Frank, cannot seem to turn around without being persecuted by an older boy and his malignant cronies.
The family was persecuted to the point that Dale said Ben opted to side with William Lyon MacKenzie's rebel army to fight for freedom from British rule.
Less than a dozen followers of the Dorje Shugden sect rallied, arguing that this monk persecutes Buddhists who do not subscribe to his beliefs.
The next day, Moore called a press conference to announce that he was being persecuted by the ACLU for hanging the Ten Commandments in his courtroom.
The museum holds the world's most comprehensive Holocaust collection documenting the murder of six million European Jews — and the millions of others persecuted and killed by Nazi Germany for racial or political reasons.
Pope Francis visited Egypt in April to show solidarity with its persecuted Christians and to try to mend relations with Muslims across the region.
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.
The United States has long adhered to international laws and conventions allowing people to seek asylum on grounds that they are being persecuted because of their race, religion, nationality, political beliefs or other factors.
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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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