• WordNet 3.6
    • v persecute cause to suffer "Jews were persecuted in the former Soviet Union"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Persecute To harass with importunity; to pursue with persistent solicitations; to annoy.
    • Persecute 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."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • persecute To pursue; follow close after.
    • persecute To pursue with harassing or oppressive treatment; harass or afflict with repeated acts of cruelty or annoyance; injure or afflict persistently; specifically, to afflict, harass, or punish on account of opinions, as for adherence to a particular creed or system of religious principles, or to a mode of worship.
    • persecute In a weakened sense, to harass or pursue with persistent attentions, solicitations, or other importunities; vex or annoy. Synonyms To oppress, worry, hunt, run down.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Persecute pėr′se-kūt to pursue so as to injure or annoy: to follow after persistently: to annoy or punish, esp. for religious or political opinions
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  • John F. Kennedy
    “Tolerance implies no lack of commitment to one's own beliefs. Rather it condemns the oppression or persecution of others.”
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson
    “Let me never fall into the vulgar mistake of dreaming that I am persecuted whenever I am contradicted.”
  • George Eliot
    “Opposition may become sweet to a man when he has christened it persecution.”
  • Nathaniel Howe
    Nathaniel Howe
    “The way of the world is, to praise dead saints, and persecute living ones.”
  • Friedrich Nietzsche
    “Even today a crude sort of persecution is all that is required to create an honorable name for any sect, no matter how indifferent in itself.”
  • Oliver Goldsmith
    “Persecution is a tribute the great must always pay for preeminence.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. persécueter, L. persequi, persecutus, to pursue, prosecute; per + sequi, to follow, pursue. See Per-, and Second
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L. persequi, persecutusper, thoroughly, sequi, to follow.


In literature:

She endured too much persecution herself ever to join in persecuting others.
"History of Woman Suffrage, Volume I"
What were the thoughts of that long-persecuted woman, now in her turn to become a persecutor?
"Robin Tremayne" by Emily Sarah Holt
It becomes silent when opposition, disaffection and persecution must be encountered.
"Epistle Sermons, Vol. II" by Martin Luther
This masterful or domineering temper, so common among social mammals, is the cause of the persecution of the sick and weakly.
"Introduction to the Science of Sociology" by Robert E. Park
The persecutions of the Gipsies in this country from time to time has been brought about, to a great extent, by themselves.
"Gipsy Life being an account of our Gipsies and their children" by George Smith
This horrible persecution was, however, of no avail.
"Queen Elizabeth" by Jacob Abbott
Under Athanarich, king of the Visigoths, Christians already suffered, with credit, a bloody persecution.
"The Formation of Christendom, Volume VI" by Thomas W. (Thomas William) Allies
Persecution would follow separation, which is inevitable if the present bill be carried.
"Ireland as It Is" by Robert John Buckley (AKA R.J.B.)
Badges of honor; since to be persecuted is nobler than to persecute.
"Dreamers of the Ghetto" by I. Zangwill
Ralph Nickleby had never ceased to persecute Kate and her mother.
"Tales from Dickens" by Charles Dickens and Hallie Erminie Rives

In poetry:

Lundy! thy mighty zeal—
Call'd forth a host of friends
Into active life.
"Lines Inscribed To Benjamin Lundy, Esq." by Benjamin Cutler Clark
Where is now that threat,
So cowardly—so mean—
Wherewith this lady they beset—
Our persecuted Queen.
"The Queen's Triumph" by Samuel Bamford
My God shall break their bows, and burn
Their persecuting darts,
Shall their own swords against them turn,
And pain surprise their hearts.
"Psalm 37 part 1" by Isaac Watts
Great Britain, in his reign, was bless'd,
Both peace and plenty she possess'd;
No persecution her distress'd,
While he was king;
A faithful heart within his breast,
Did safety bring.
"The Death Of Our Late King" by Susannah Hawkins
"To Thee the tuneful Anthem soars,
To Thee, our Father's God, and ours;
This Wilderness we chose our Seat:
To Rights secur'd by Equal Laws
From Persecution's Iron Claws,
We here have sought our calm Retreat.
"To Thee the tuneful Anthem soars" by Mather Byles
When Persecution's torrent blaze
Wraps the unshrinking Martyr's head;
When fade all earthly flowers and bays,
When summer friends are gone and fled,
Is he alone in that dark hour
Who owns the Lord of love and power?
"Nineteenth Sunday After Trinity" by John Keble

In news:

He says the faith has been persecuted on and off for 150 years.
Stop religious persecution in Iran.
Brazil group probes persecution of journalists.
Witness to the Persecution .
With the Republican right persisting in baseless persecution of Susan Rice, the UN Ambassador who may replace departing Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, it has left President Obama little choice but to move ahead with her nomination.
Government persecution of Iran's Baha'i community.
European Union Expands Asylum For Religious Persecution .
The religious story of communist Europe, in which Christians suffered horrific persecutions , is forgotten by most Americans today.
Although Christians in America may see the persecuted church in other parts of the world as needing us, the fact is, in some ways we are in much greater need of them.
Persecution of Christians in Mideast is shocking.
Exhibit details Nazi persecution of gays.
The Persecution of Jamar Samuels The Nation.
Exiled Chinese priest tells of persecution .
Posts Tagged ' persecution .
Could Dump Shadow War Ally Over Gay Persecution .

In science:

However, in this paper we will not persecute such an approach but consider instead in section 4 moment Floer homology where no bubbling occurs.
The Arnold-Givental conjecture and moment Floer homology