• WordNet 3.6
    • n persecutor someone who torments
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Persecutor One who persecutes, or harasses.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n persecutor One who persecutes; one who pursues and harasses another unjustly and vexatiously, particularly on account of religious principles.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Persecutor :—fem. Per′secūtrix
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  • E. M. Cioran
    E. M. Cioran
    “Great persecutors are recruited among martyrs whose heads haven't been cut off.”


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


In literature:

Toward evening Fouquet wished to try the intentions of his persecutor.
"The Vicomte de Bragelonne" by Alexandre Dumas
The persecutors began with Rogers, prebendary of St. Paul's, a man eminent in his party for virtue as well as for learning.
"The History of England in Three Volumes, Vol.I., Part C. From Henry VII. to Mary" by David Hume
The prison-doors were thrown open to the Loyalists, their persecutors fled dismayed.
"The Loyalists, Vol. 1-3" by Jane West
The church is a persecutor.
"The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 13, No. 77, March, 1864" by Various
You misled my persecutors as to locality, at least.
"The Stowaway Girl" by Louis Tracy
The chief of the gang of persecutors, Colonel Wardle, shrunk into miserable retirement, and died 'unwept, unhonored, and unsung.
"The Knickerbocker, or New-York Monthly Magazine, February 1844" by Various
This priest afterwards became my great persecutor.
"A Book of Quaker Saints" by Lucy Violet Hodgkin
But if the working woman has her persecutors, she has also her friends in the great city.
"Lights and Shadows of New York Life" by James D. McCabe
Decius is remembered as one of the most cruel persecutors of the Christians.
"A Smaller History of Rome" by William Smith and Eugene Lawrence
The one man in the world who should wish to secure my happiness has become my persecutor.
"One Wonderful Night" by Louis Tracy

In poetry:

Let bands of persecutors rise
To rob me of my right;
Let pride and malice forge their lies,
Thy law is my delight.
"Psalm 119 part 15" by Isaac Watts
'Twas that God, whose sovereign power
Did the lion's fury 'suage,
Could alone, in one short hour,
Still the persecutor's rage.
"The True Heroes : Or, The Noble Army Of Martyrs" by Hannah More

In news:

Sorry, but I just can't visualize Coach Black competing with the 15th Street Full Monty Synchronized Urination Team as has been alleged by The Parlor 's pernicious persecutors.
David Hans Schmidt says he will be victorious over his persecutors.
During WWII a young Korean Christian, Ahn Ei Sook, defies her Japanese persecutors.
You'll follow the life and history of the great Apostle—from persecutor of the church, to mighty witness for the Gospel.