• WordNet 3.6
    • n persecution the act of persecuting (especially on the basis of race or religion)
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Persecution A carrying on; prosecution.
    • Persecution The act or practice of persecuting; especially, the infliction of loss, pain, or death for adherence to a particular creed or mode of worship. "Persecution produces no sincere conviction."
    • Persecution The state or condition of being persecuted.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n persecution The act or practice of persecuting; harassing or oppressive treatment; especially, the infliction of injury (as loss of property or civil rights, physical suffering, or death) as a punishment for adhering to some opinion or course of conduct, as a religious creed or a mode of worship,which cannot properly be regarded as criminal.
    • n persecution Persistent or repeated injury or annoyance of any kind.
    • n persecution A time of general or systematic oppression or infliction of torture, death, etc., on account of religious opinion or belief: as, the ten persecutions of Christians under the Roman emperors.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • ns Persecution act or practice of persecuting: state of being persecuted: a time of general oppression on account of religious 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.”
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson
    “The history of persecution is a history of endeavors to cheat nature, to make water run up hill, to twist a rope of sand.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. persécution, L. persecutio,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L. persequi, persecutusper, thoroughly, sequi, to follow.


In literature:

They began with the fury of persecution, and they died with it.
"Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine - Volume 62, No. 384, October 1847" by Various
Diocletian persecutes the Christians; the fiercest and most systematic persecution which they had yet suffered.
"The Great Events by Famous Historians, Volume 03" by Various
Why does the spirit persecute me now as it never persecuted me before?
"Tongues of Conscience" by Robert Smythe Hichens
For this reason they banished Roger Williams and persecuted other religious sects not in accordance with their own views.
"The Witch of Salem" by John R. Musick
The Protestants, goaded by the persecution of this very year, hated him with a deadly hatred.
"The Great Events by Famous Historians, Volume 9" by Various
But even the Jansenists approved the persecution of the Protestants.
"The Huguenots in France" by Samuel Smiles
The nuns of the order of St. Mary had a celebrated convent here, where persecuted grandeur often sought an asylum.
"Louis XIV., Makers of History Series" by John S. C. Abbott
The death of Mary Queen of England put out the fires of persecution in our own beloved land; but, alas!
"The Vaudois of Piedmont" by John Napper Worsfold
A cruel persecution arose.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 3, Part 1, Slice 3" by Various
Pressure from equals is not to be confounded with persecution by superiors.
"Lectures on the French Revolution" by John Emerich Edward Dalberg-Acton

In poetry:

At length he swore an oath,
The reason he would know -
"I'll call and see why ever he
Does persecute me so!"
"The Bishop and the Busman" by William Schwenck Gilbert
Some to savage beasts were hurl'd,
One escaped the lion's den;
Was a persecuting world
Worthy of these wondrous men?
"The True Heroes : Or, The Noble Army Of Martyrs" by Hannah More
The fury of my foes makes me
Fast to my peaceful refuge flee;
And ev'ry persecuting elf
Does make me understand myself.
"The Believer's Riddle; or, the Mystery of Faith" by Ralph Erskine
That cruel, persecuting race
Must feel his dreadful sword:
Awake, my soul, and praise the grace
And justice of the Lord.
"Psalm 7" by Isaac Watts
Ingratitude will sure pursue thee,
Persecution be thy doom;
I weep, and while I sadly view thee,
Think how peaceful is the tomb.
"The Mother" by Charlotte Dacre
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

In news:

People attend the inauguration ceremony at the memorial to the murdered European Sinti and Roma who were persecuted as ' Gypsies ' in Berlin, Wednesday, Oct 24, 2012.
Oct 24, 2012: People attend the inauguration ceremony at the memorial to the murdered European Sinti and Roma who were persecuted as " Gypsies " in Berlin.
Esther has Shown Jews How to Survive Persecution .
Hsia, your reviewer states that the first recorded persecution of Jews accused of ritual murder occurred in Norwich, England.
They build up the hatred in people to help the persecution .
SAO PAULO (AP) — The National Journalists' Association of Brazil says it will launch an investigation into the persecution of journalists during the 1965-1985 military dictatorship.
A minority in our midst is being actively persecuted .
There's more persecution from LinkedIn on Tuesday morning at NPRA when Andy and I both get LinkedIn requests from a former Russian employee who has sent us an "invitation to connect".
Nadarkhani Released, but Iranian Christians Still Persecuted .
Viewing posts tagged religious persecution .
Rediculous, but is it Persecution .
The National Journalists' Association of Brazil says it will launch an investigation into the persecution of journalists during the 1965-1985 military dictatorship.
Hindus flee ' persecution ' in Pakistan.
Polygamist sect leader Warren Jeffs gave a delayed opening statement about religious persecution Wednesday at his trial, where he is defending himself on charges of sexually abusing underage girls.
A Gray rally protesting ' 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