verb (used with object), per·se·cut·ed, per·se·cut·ing.
- perse, st.-john,
- persecution complex,
Origin of persecute
Examples from the Web for persecutory
The paranoiac is now apt to enter fully upon the second or persecutory stage of his mental disorder.
Perhaps it was a trace of this persecutory religion in her that made Dan accept his present office.Manslaughter|Alice Duer Miller
This, the second or persecutory stage of delusional insanity, may persist through life.
After the persecutory stage in paranoia, comes the third, or so-called expansive period of the disease.
Indeed, one frequently asks himself whether their persecutory ideas deserve to be endowed with the value of actual delusions.Studies in Forensic Psychiatry|Bernard Glueck
Word Origin for persecute
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.