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persecute

[ pur-si-kyoot ]
/ 藞p蓽r s瑟藢kyut /
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verb (used with object), per路se路cut路ed, per路se路cut路ing.
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.
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Origin of persecute

First recorded in 1400鈥50; Late Middle English; back formation from persecutour 鈥減ersecutor,鈥 ultimately from Late Latin persec奴tor originally 鈥減rosecutor,鈥 equivalent to persec奴-, variant stem of persequ墨 鈥渢o prosecute, pursue closely鈥 + -tor; see origin at per-, sequence, -tor

OTHER WORDS FROM persecute

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH persecute

persecute , prosecute
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How to use persecute in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for persecute

persecute
/ (藞p蓽藧s瑟藢kju藧t) /

verb (tr)
to oppress, harass, or maltreat, esp because of race, religion, etc
to bother persistently

Derived forms of persecute

persecutive, adjectivepersecutor, noun

Word Origin for persecute

C15: from Old French persecuter, back formation from persecuteur, from Late Latin persec奴tor pursuer, from persequ墨 to take vengeance upon
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