- to pursue with harassing or oppressive treatment, especially because of religious or political beliefs, ethnic or racial origin, gender identity, or sexual orientation.
- to annoy or trouble persistently.
Origin of persecute
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Examples from the Web for persecutory
With the next century, however, commenced a more or less determined programme of persecutory repression.The Grotesque in Church Art
T. Tindall Wildridge
The paranoiac is now apt to enter fully upon the second or persecutory stage of his mental disorder.
After the persecutory stage in paranoia, comes the third, or so-called expansive period of the disease.
Indeed, one frequently asks himself whether their persecutory ideas deserve to be endowed with the value of actual delusions.Studies in Forensic Psychiatry
This, the second or persecutory stage of delusional insanity, may persist through life.
- involving or characteristic of persecution
- to oppress, harass, or maltreat, esp because of race, religion, etc
- to bother persistently
Word Origin and History for persecutory
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.