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persecute

Synonyms of persecute in English:

verb

  • 1 no one should be persecuted for their religious beliefs
    oppress, abuse, victimize, ill-treat, mistreat, maltreat, discriminate against, punish, inflict pain/suffering on, tyrannize, afflict, torment, torture, martyr
  • 2 she complained of being persecuted by the press
    harass, hound, plague, badger, harry, bait, intimidate, pick on, trouble, molest, tease, pester, bother, worry, annoy, bedevil, bully, victimize, terrorize;
    North American  devil
    informal hassle, give someone a hard time, get on someone's back, make it/things hot for someone, get/stick the knife into
    Australian informal heavy
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