Definition of persecution in English:

persecution

Syllabification: per·se·cu·tion
Pronunciation: /ˌpərsəˈkyo͞oSHən
 
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noun

  • 1Hostility and ill-treatment, especially because of race or political or religious beliefs: her family fled religious persecution
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    • They came mostly from areas of the Russian empire where religious persecution was common.
    • The Israeli leadership does not need justification for further persecution.
    • In the late 1990s, however, the Hazaras faced extreme persecution under the Taliban.
    Synonyms
    oppression, victimization, maltreatment, ill-treatment, mistreatment, abuse, ill-usage, discrimination, tyranny
    informal witch hunt
    harassment, hounding, intimidation, bullying
  • 1.1Persistent annoyance or harassment: his persecution at the hands of other students
    More example sentences
    • In the face of this persecution, Morgan takes an interest in Nick's girlfriend Frankie.
    • The rain is an obvious metaphor for oppression and relentless torment, for Davidson himself and his persecution of others.
    • It's the one place in all the world where they can smoke pot in public without fear of persecution.

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