persecution

noun
per·​se·​cu·​tion | \ ˌpər-si-ˈkyü-shən How to pronounce persecution (audio) \

Definition of persecution

1 : the act or practice of persecuting especially those who differ in origin, religion, or social outlook
2 : the condition of being persecuted, harassed, or annoyed

Examples of persecution in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Rights groups and politicians in Britain had mounted pressure to stop the deportations, arguing that the deportees are at risk of persecution in Zimbabwe. Farai Mutsaka, Star Tribune, 22 July 2021 John Smyth, who founded the first Baptist church in Amsterdam around 1609 after fleeing religious persecution in England, believed that God allowed humans to make their own choices. Susan M. Shaw, al, 2 July 2021 Medina León came to the U.S. fleeing persecution in El Salvador as a trans woman. Javier Arce, The Arizona Republic, 1 July 2021 Jovica Stanisic and Franko Simatovic were convicted of aiding and abetting the crimes of murder, deportation, forcible transfer, and persecution in the town of Bosanski Samac, and each was sentenced to 12 years’ imprisonment. Mike Corder, The Christian Science Monitor, 1 July 2021 John Smyth, who founded the first Baptist church in Amsterdam around 1609 after fleeing religious persecution in England, believed that God allowed humans to make their own choices. Susan M. Shaw, The Conversation, 1 July 2021 In the 1930s, Jewish teenagers fleeing persecution in their native Germany and Austria arrived in the UK on kindertransport. Richard Galant, CNN, 30 May 2021 The sons were granted asylum on the basis of risking persecution in Syria. New York Times, 14 Apr. 2021 Hong Kong residents organized a protest in sympathy with Uyghurs facing persecution in China; the protest was stormed by riot police. Richard Brody, The New Yorker, 6 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of persecution

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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29 Jul 2021

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“Persecution.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/persecution. Accessed 5 Aug. 2021.

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More Definitions for persecution

persecution

noun
per·​se·​cu·​tion | \ ˌpər-si-ˈkyü-shən How to pronounce persecution (audio) \

Kids Definition of persecution

1 : the act of continually treating in a cruel and harmful way
2 : the state of being continually treated in a cruel and harmful way

persecution

noun
per·​se·​cu·​tion

Legal Definition of persecution

: 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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