Synonyms of persecute in English:

persecute

verb

  • 1 they were persecuted for their religious beliefs
    oppress, abuse, victimize, ill-treat, mistreat, maltreat, tyrannize, torment, torture;
    martyr
  • 2 she was persecuted by the press
  • Quote

    A man does not attain the status of Galileo merely because he is persecuted; he must also be right.
    Stephen Jay Gould Ever Since Darwin ( 1977)

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