View synonyms for persecuted


[ pur-si-kyoo-tid ]


  1. persistently harassed or oppressed, especially because of religious or political beliefs, ethnic or racial origin, gender identity, or sexual orientation:

    Having been raised in a frequently persecuted faith, the idea of any state religion makes me very nervous.


  1. the simple past tense and past participle of persecute ( def ).
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  • un·per·se·cut·ed adjective
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Example Sentences

The Castro regime continues to arbitrarily arrest, beat-up, and persecute all those who dare to speak their minds.

He was persecuted by government authorities for his activism, he said.

He’s been persecuting people of color, and those words aren’t just harmless.

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It still results in tangible harm and is a real threat to people who are persecuted.

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Last year the New York Times reported authorities in Xinjiang used “free health checks” as a means to compile a genetic database of the region’s persecuted Uighur populace.

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Now the church consists of people who only talk about how ‘we were persecuted’—even though they never were.

Of gays being persecuted viciously in countries like Russia and Iran?

The basic premise that Christians should expect to suffer and be persecuted is not an invention of Rev. Sproul.

His memory is encyclopedic--a curse for a man who feels persecuted.

Madison knew directly how colonial-era Anglicans had persecuted Baptists.

That struck the people in wrath with an incurable wound, that brought nations under in fury, that persecuted in a cruel manner.

The prophet is persecuted: he denounces captivity to his persecutors, and bemoans himself.

Let us suppose that any one who denied the old crude errors of astrology was persecuted as a heretic.

In that country, about the year 1642, many poor old women were persecuted to death.

The persecuted minister obtained both a complete acquittal, and a signal revenge.