Not because I think that Obama called Doug Shulman into his office to tell him to persecute the Tea Party.
We are also keenly aware of the fact that states routinely use a wide range of charges to persecute the press.
See, for example, "love your enemies" and "bless those who persecute you."
Yet one of the things it has oppressed is the desire of local majorities to persecute local minorities.
Putin would use such a treaty to persecute innocent Russians who have escaped his grasp by fleeing the country.
“Implacable fate does not tire to persecute me,” he replied.
Soon the people began to persecute Ignatius and his companions.
Forsaken and forgotten, thy children owe thee no duty, no obedience; thou canst bring forward no plea to persecute thy child.
I don't think anybody has attempted to persecute him, Frank.
We all made a frightful mistake, they say, in daring to arrest and persecute this most distinguished and honorable citizen.
mid-15c., "to oppress for the holding of a belief or opinion," from Middle French persécuter "pursue, torment, open legal action" (14c.), from Latin persecutus, past participle of persequi "to pursue" (see persecution). Related: Persecuted; persecuting.