- per·se·cut·ing·ly, adverb
- per·se·cu·tive, adjective
- per·se·cu·tive·ness, noun
- per·se·cu·tor, noun
- per·se·cu·to·ry [pur-si-kyoo-tuh-ree, -kyuh-tawr-ee], /ˈpɜr sɪˌkyu tə ri, -kyəˌtɔr i/, adjective
- non·per·se·cut·ing, adjective
- non·per·se·cu·tive, adjective
- non·per·se·cu·to·ry, adjective
- o·ver·per·se·cute, verb (used with object), o·ver·per·se·cut·ed, o·ver·per·se·cut·ing.
- un·per·se·cut·ing, adjective
- un·per·se·cu·tive, adjective
- persecute , prosecute
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How to use persecute in a sentence
As with Punjab in the 1970s and 1980s, the government painted any and all dissenters as anti-national—and then persecuted them accordingly.The Farmers' Protests Are a Turning Point for India's Democracy—and the World Can No Longer Ignore That | Simran Jeet Singh | February 12, 2021 | Time
The idea here isn’t to persecute all of them, though, or tell them “what to think.”
A cryptocurrency might be used to allow money transfers to persecuted activists, similar to how Wikileaks received donations in bitcoin after its accounts were blocked for leaking classified information.
Islamist extremism is the worst persecutor of the worldwide church.
Their report is consistent with those of other twin survivors who said Mengele was their protector as much as their persecutor.
He was a great persecutor of heretics, and united with great talents equally great vices.The Every Day Book of History and Chronology | Joel Munsell
But I saw rocks and trees around me; clouds; I was in a grotto and beside me was a man, that persecutor!Balsamo, The Magician | Alexander Dumas
And just then the cab suddenly stopped, and there was his persecutor rapping on the front glass.Tales and Fantasies | Robert Louis Stevenson
Bishop Thornton, suffragan of Dover, was an indefatigable persecutor of the true church.Fox's Book of Martyrs | John Foxe
John Peter, son-in-law of Alexander, a horrid blasphemer and persecutor, died wretchedly.Fox's Book of Martyrs | John Foxe
British Dictionary definitions for persecute
to oppress, harass, or maltreat, esp because of race, religion, etc
to bother persistently
- persecutive, adjective
- persecutor, noun
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