verb (used with object), per·se·cut·ed, per·se·cut·ing.
- perse, st.-john,
- persecution complex,
Origin of persecute
Examples from the Web for persecuted
Now the church consists of people who only talk about how ‘we were persecuted’—even though they never were.Remembering the Russian Priest Who Fought the Orthodox Church|Cathy Young|December 28, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The basic premise that Christians should expect to suffer and be persecuted is not an invention of Rev. Sproul.
Madison knew directly how colonial-era Anglicans had persecuted Baptists.
“Haters gonna hate” makes the person who says it into an automatic martyr, persecuted, misunderstood, maligned.
During the visit, it was hard to get a sense of why the Yezidis are persecuted.Fighting Back With Faith: Inside the Yezidis’ Iraqi Temple|Michael Luongo|August 21, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Was the reformation not ushered in by a small and persecuted group?Woman and Socialism|August Bebel
The two things it persecuted were the idea of God being made flesh and of His being afterwards made wood or stone.A Short History of England|G. K. Chesterton
Is it possible that she can behold him innocent and persecuted without falling at his feet?Corinne, Volume 1 (of 2)|Mme de Stael
When we are persecuted in one city Scripture advises us to flee to another.The Fugitives|R.M. Ballantyne
The Court-party did not succeed more happily when they persecuted Martin, broke up his presses, and imprisoned his 515 assistants.Calamities and Quarrels of Authors|Isaac Disraeli
Word Origin for persecute
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.