verb (used with object), per·se·cut·ed, per·se·cut·ing.
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WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH persecutepersecute , prosecute
Example sentences from the Web for persecute
Their report is consistent with those of other twin survivors who said Mengele was their protector as much as their persecutor.
For all his overmastering zeal he was by nature neither a bigot nor a persecutor.
My persecutor had gone thither for penance, but followed me forth with fresh impulses to crime.The Marble Faun, Volume II.|Nathaniel Hawthorne
This persecutor sank promptly through the group to the rear.The Monster and Other Stories|Stephen Crane
These were true martyrs, and the Church might well have canonized them, in place of beatifying their persecutor Ribera.A History of the Inquisition of Spain; vol. 3|Henry Charles Lea
Considering the times, Elizabeth cannot be called a persecutor.