persecution

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

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

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First Known Use of persecution

14th century


PERSECUTION Defined for Kids

persecution

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

Definition of persecution for Students

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

Law Dictionary

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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