Origin of persecution
Examples from the Web for persecution
They are stories of persecution and triumph, adversity and strength.
My views, however, cannot be changed by a prison sentence or by persecution.
So in a sense, the current wave of persecution is nothing new.
My sources told me stories of conflict and persecution, and their hopes at the end of a long civil war.We Interrupt This Broadcast: How a TV Producer Learned to Write Fiction|George Lerner|September 9, 2014|DAILY BEAST
This state-sanctioned discrimination has forced an untold number of LGBT in the shadows for fear of persecution.
The persecution in Japon had reached such a point that it was impossible to enter the kingdom.The Philippine Islands, 1493-1898: Volume XXXII, 1640|Diego Aduarte
Buddhism, although, tolerant of heresy, has ever been vehement in its persecution of schism.
This is one of those instances where persecution proved successful.Beacon Lights of History, Volume VIII|John Lord
Revering the monarchy and established institutions, they endured forty years of persecution before they took up arms.
In this moment of trial and persecution we pray that Thou wouldst be our defender, our counsellor, and our guide.The Works of Whittier, Volume VI (of VII)|John Greenleaf Whittier
British Dictionary definitions for persecution
Word Origin and History for persecution
mid-14c., "oppression for the holding of a belief or opinion," from Old French persecucion "persecution, damage, affliction, suffering" (12c.) and directly from Latin persecutionem (nominative persecutio), noun of action from past participle stem of persequi "follow, pursue, hunt down; proceed against, prosecute, start a legal action," from per- "through" (see per) + sequi "follow" (see sequel). Psychological persecution complex is recorded from 1961; earlier persecution mania (1892).