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Meaning of PERSECUTE

Pronunciation:  'pursu`kyoot

 
WordNet Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
[v]  cause to suffer; "Jews were persecuted in the former Soviet Union"
 

PERSECUTE is a 9 letter word that starts with P.

 

 Synonyms: harass, oppress
 
 See Also: bedevil, crucify, dun, frustrate, haze, purge, rag, torment

 

 

Webster's 1913 Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
\Per"se*cute\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Persecuted}; p.
pr. & vb. n. {Persecuting}.] [F. pers['e]cueter, L. persequi,
persecutus, to pursue, prosecute; per + sequi to follow,
pursue. See {Per-}, and {Second}.]
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 adherence to
   a particular religious creed or mode of worship.

         Do good to them that hate you, and pray for them
         which despitefully use you, and persecute you.
                                               --Matt. v. 44.

2. To harass with importunity; to pursue with persistent
   solicitations; to annoy. --Johnson.

Syn: To oppress; harass; distress; worry; annoy.

 
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