- to pursue with harassing or oppressive treatment, especially because of religious or political beliefs, ethnic or racial origin, gender identity, or sexual orientation.
- to annoy or trouble persistently.
Origin of persecute
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Examples from the Web for persecutor
Their report is consistent with those of other twin survivors who said Mengele was their protector as much as their persecutor.Dr. Mengele's Twins
October 28, 2009
Her persecutor stifled an oath, and sprung after and arrested her.Night and Morning, Complete
Between them they hope to bring the persecutor of the faithful on his knees.Micah Clarke
Arthur Conan Doyle
Aunt Lucy was obliged to obey, at least while her persecutor was in the room.Paul Prescott's Charge
In him we may behold the difference between the end of a martyr and a persecutor.Fox's Book of Martyrs
Quin looked at her as a Christian martyr might have looked at his persecutor.Quin
Alice Hegan Rice
- to oppress, harass, or maltreat, esp because of race, religion, etc
- to bother persistently
Word Origin and History for persecutor
early 15c., from Anglo-French persecutour, Old French persecutor "persecutor, enemy" (12c., Modern French persécuteur), from Latin persecutor, agent noun from persequi (see persecution).
mid-15c., "to oppress for the holding of a belief or opinion," from Middle French persécuter "pursue, torment, open legal action" (14c.), from Latin persecutus, past participle of persequi "to pursue" (see persecution). Related: Persecuted; persecuting.