- 1Hostility and ill-treatment, especially because of race or political or religious beliefs; oppression: her family fled religious persecutionMore example sentences
oppression, victimization, maltreatment, ill treatment, mistreatment, abuse, ill usage, discrimination, tyranny, tyrannization, punishment, torment, torture; pogrom• informal witch huntNorth American • informal red-baitingharassment, hounding, harrying, badgering, teasing, bullying, molestation
- 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.
- 1.1Persistent annoyance or harassment: his persecution at the hands of other studentsMore 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.