persecute
Pronunciation
  • (GA) IPA: /ˈpɝsəkjut/
Verb

persecute (persecutes, present participle persecuting; past and past participle persecuted)

  1. To pursue in a manner to injure, grieve, or afflict; to beset with cruelty or malignity; to harass; especially, to afflict, harass, punish, or put to death for one's race, sexual identity, adherence to a particular religious creed, or mode of worship.
    He who persecutes one will persecute all.
    • 1611, The Holy Bible, […] (King James Version), imprinted at London: By Robert Barker, […], OCLC 964384981 ↗, Matthew 5:44 ↗:
      "Do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you."
  2. To harass with importunity; to pursue with persistent solicitations; to annoy.
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