persecution

[ pur-si-kyoo-shuh n ]
/ ˌpɜr sɪˈkyu ʃən /

noun

the act of persecuting.
the state of being persecuted.
a program or campaign to exterminate, drive away, or subjugate people based on their membership in a religious, ethnic, social, or racial group: the persecutions of Christians by the Romans.

Origin of persecution

1300–50; Middle English persecucio(u)n < Late Latin persecūtiōn- (stem of persecūtiō), Latin: prosecution, equivalent to persecūt(us) past participle of persequī (see persecute) + -iōn- -ion

OTHER WORDS FROM persecution

per·se·cu·tion·al, adjectivenon·per·se·cu·tion, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for persecution

persecution
/ (ˌpɜːsɪˈkjuːʃən) /

noun

the act of persecuting or the state of being persecuted
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