Synonyms of persecute in English:
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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