Origin of persecution
OTHER WORDS FROM persecutionper·se·cu·tion·al, adjectivenon·per·se·cu·tion, noun
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MORE ABOUT PERSECUTION
What does persecution mean?
Persecution is the act of harassing or oppressing a person or a group of people, especially because of their identity.
Throughout history, people have faced persecution because of their religion, race, ethnicity, political beliefs, sexual orientation, and many other factors.
Example: People have been using the forum to call attention to the ongoing persecution of Muslims.
Where does persecution come from?
The first records of the word persecution in English come from the 1300s. The verb persecute is actually a more recent addition to English than persecution—the first records of it come from the 1400s. It derives from Late Latin persecūtor, which means “pursuer,” from the verb persequī, meaning “to prosecute,” “to pursue closely,” or “to take vengeance upon.”
Persecution often involves ongoing violence and other forms of harassment. Groups are often targeted for persecution when they are in the minority where they live—when they do not hold power. Members of all major religions—including Jews, Muslims, and Christians—have faced persecution during many periods throughout history and still face it today in parts of the world where other religions are more dominant. Racial and ethnic minorities constantly face persecution in the form of discrimination and harsh treatment. Gay people and people with differing gender identities have historically been persecuted and forced to hide their identity. Sometimes, people are persecuted for their political beliefs, especially when they go against the ruling government. Scientists have faced persecution for introducing ideas considered dangerous to those in power. Persecution is not a thing of the past. It happens every day all over the world.
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What are some other forms related to persecution?
- persecutional (adjective)
- nonpersecution (noun)
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How is persecution used in real life?
Many groups around the world face persecution, and it is a frequent topic of debate.
On #WomensDay a special thought to all the women forced to flee home because of war and persecution. pic.twitter.com/cgZOgG8aEy
— Valerio De Cesaris (@ValerioDeC) March 8, 2020
Labour MP Khalid raised at the floor of British Parliament the issue of violence against and persecution of Muslims in India, and called for an official reaction from the government of UK #DelhiRiots2020 #Delhigenocide #BJP #RSS pic.twitter.com/zYBOm5QSLS
— Murtaza Ali Shah (@MurtazaViews) February 27, 2020
Russian investigators have still not brought anyone to account for the horrific persecution of gay men in Chechnya. https://t.co/KODyxx3Urq
— Amnesty UK (@AmnestyUK) October 17, 2017
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How to use persecution in a sentence
We know of the persecution that the LGBTQI community has faced in Chechnya, and this administration will speak out, speak out forcefully on their behalf both in Chechnya and around the world.Brothers who fled Chechnya arrested, returned to homeland|Michael K. Lavers|February 10, 2021|Washington Blade
At worst, it will only fuel extremists' sense of persecution and push them closer to violence.How to deprogram America's extremists|Kyle Daly|February 9, 2021|Axios
I can now dream of a future without persecution because of my profession or ideas thanks to him, my family, and many other people.2021 is the year to dream big|Michael K. Lavers and Yariel Valdés González|December 31, 2020|Washington Blade
An immigration judge in September 2019 granted Yariel Valdés González asylum based on the persecution he suffered in Cuba because he was an independent journalist.Top 10 international news stories of 2020|Michael K. Lavers|December 31, 2020|Washington Blade
The rule also says persecution needs to be done by state actors or “rogue officials” of the government.Border Report: What’s Behind Tijuana’s Violent Year|Maya Srikrishnan|December 15, 2020|Voice of San Diego
They are stories of persecution and triumph, adversity and strength.Quorum: Global LGBT Voices||December 10, 2014|DAILY BEAST
My views, however, cannot be changed by a prison sentence or by persecution.What It’s Like to Be an Atheist in Palestine|Waleed al-Husseini, Movements.Org|December 8, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Muslim leaders have accused the ruling elite of carrying out what they see as religious persecution.Al-Shabab’s Anti-Christian Slaughter|Margot Kiser|December 3, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Throughout her life, she faced public ridicule, legal persecution and, eventually, redemption through a PhD in clinical sexology.Whip It: Secrets of a Dominatrix|Justin Jones|November 25, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Cruising the Caribbean, enjoying beaches... Enduring Persecution as an American Christian sounds horrible.All Aboard the USS Persecution Complex|Candida Moss, Joel Baden|October 19, 2014|DAILY BEAST
During his absence his own relations and the chief families in his town became the objects of persecution.The Philippine Islands|John Foreman
Old Rushmere had raised an unreasonable persecution against his son on Dorothy's account.The World Before Them|Susanna Moodie
And the fact must be insisted upon, that all religion, in its very nature, makes for persecution and oppression.God and my Neighbour|Robert Blatchford
Old people declared that he reminded them of Hauge in his earlier days, before he had been enfeebled by persecution.Skipper Worse|Alexander Lange Kielland
After receiving the honors of persecution, am I to expect the still greater one of martyrdom?Madame Roland, Makers of History|John S. C. Abbott