Definition of persecute in English:

persecute

Line breaks: per|se¦cute
Pronunciation: /ˈpəːsɪkjuːt
 
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verb

[with object]

Derivatives

persecutor

noun
More example sentences
  • But he is badly scarred mentally by his tortuous treatment at the hands of his persecutors.
  • Some of these children manage to flee their persecutors, and this film documents their attempts to be rehabilitated after surviving their severe traumas.
  • Thus the protectors themselves turned into persecutors.

persecutory

adjective
More example sentences
  • However, in my attempts to understand I am not hampered by the persecutory activities of the state, religion or the mob.
  • He asks whether the persecutory figures are still there.
  • The paranoid type have prominent persecutory or grandiose delusions or hallucinations with similar content.

Origin

late Middle English: from Old French persecuter, from Latin persecut- 'followed with hostility', from the verb persequi, from per- 'through, utterly' + sequi 'follow, pursue'.

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