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per·se·cu·tion

 (pûr′sĭ-kyo͞o′shən)
n.
1. The act or practice of persecuting on the basis of race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, or beliefs that differ from those of the persecutor.
2. The condition of being persecuted.

per′se·cu′tion·al adj.

persecution

(ˌpɜːsɪˈkjuːʃən)
n
the act of persecuting or the state of being persecuted

per•se•cu•tion

(ˌpɜr sɪˈkyu ʃən)

n.
1. the act of persecuting.
2. the state of being persecuted.
[1300–50]
per`se•cu′tion•al, adj.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.persecution - the act of persecuting (especially on the basis of race or religion)persecution - the act of persecuting (especially on the basis of race or religion)
abuse, ill-treatment, ill-usage, maltreatment - cruel or inhumane treatment; "the child showed signs of physical abuse"
oppression, subjugation - the act of subjugating by cruelty; "the tyrant's oppression of the people"
pogrom - organized persecution of an ethnic group (especially Jews)
rendition - handing over prisoners to countries where torture is allowed
torturing, torture - the deliberate, systematic, or wanton infliction of physical or mental suffering by one or more persons in an attempt to force another person to yield information or to make a confession or for any other reason; "it required unnatural torturing to extract a confession"
faith, religion, religious belief - a strong belief in a supernatural power or powers that control human destiny; "he lost his faith but not his morality"

persecution

noun victimization, abuse, torture, torment, oppression, tyranny, discrimination against, mistreatment, ill-treatment, maltreatment, tyrannization the persecution of minorities

persecution

noun
Excruciating punishment:
Idiom: tortures of the damned.
Translations
إضْطِهاد، تَعْذيب
pronásledování
forfølgelse
ofsókn
pregon
işkence etme

persecution

[ˌpɜːsɪˈkjuːʃən]
A. Npersecución f
B. CPD persecution complex N (Psych) → complejo m persecutorio
persecution mania N (Psych) → manía f persecutoria

persecution

[ˌpɜːrsɪˈkjuːʃən] npersécution f

persecution

nVerfolgung f(of von); his persecution by the pressseine Verfolgung durch die Presse; to have a persecution complexan Verfolgungswahn leiden

persecution

[ˌpɜːsɪˈkjuːʃn] npersecuzione f

persecute

(ˈpəːsikjuːt) verb
to make (someone) suffer, especially because of their opinions or beliefs. They were persecuted for their religion.
ˌperseˈcution noun
ˈpersecutor noun

persecution

n. persecución, acosamiento.
References in classic literature ?
Fuchs told me that the sunflowers were introduced into that country by the Mormons; that at the time of the persecution, when they left Missouri and struck out into the wilderness to find a place where they could worship God in their own way, the members of the first exploring party, crossing the plains to Utah, scattered sunflower seed as they went.
Ichabod became the object of whimsical persecution to Bones and his gang of rough riders.
Therefore I am not to be silenced by poverty and sickness, not by hatred and obloquy, by threats and ridicule--not by prison and persecution, if they should come--not by any power that is upon the earth or above the earth, that was, or is, or ever can be created.
It was from her, giving a long account of a persecution to which she had been exposed by her guardian's family, to lead her to unite herself with their son: and she related how, for a long time, his letters had ceased to arrive; how she had written time and again, till she became weary and doubtful; how her health had failed under her anxieties, and how, at last, she had discovered the whole fraud which had been practised on them both.
Tom had become indifferent to persecution by this time.
I honor those good men and women for their noble daring, and applaud them for willingly subjecting them- selves to bloody persecution, by openly avowing their participation in the escape of slaves.
She had no such object for her lingering thoughts to fix on, she left no creature behind, from whom it would give her a moment's regret to be divided for ever, she was pleased to be free herself from the persecution of Lucy's friendship, she was grateful for bringing her sister away unseen by Willoughby since his marriage, and she looked forward with hope to what a few months of tranquility at Barton might do towards restoring Marianne's peace of mind, and confirming her own.
It was partly to this vague fear that Marner was indebted for protecting him from the persecution that his singularities might have drawn upon him, but still more to the fact that, the old linen-weaver in the neighbouring parish of Tarley being dead, his handicraft made him a highly welcome settler to the richer housewives of the district, and even to the more provident cottagers, who had their little stock of yarn at the year's end.
His features, keen and regular, with an aquiline nose, and piercing black eyes; his high and wrinkled forehead, and long grey hair and beard, would have been considered as handsome, had they not been the marks of a physiognomy peculiar to a race, which, during those dark ages, was alike detested by the credulous and prejudiced vulgar, and persecuted by the greedy and rapacious nobility, and who, perhaps, owing to that very hatred and persecution, had adopted a national character, in which there was much, to say the least, mean and unamiable.
That upon a quarrel among us, I was set on shore on this coast, where I walked forward, without knowing whither, till he delivered me from the persecution of those execrable YAHOOS.
She felt that it was equally impossible to confess that she had deceived him, or to refuse the marriage on which he had set his heart; a refusal which might turn all his kindness to hatred and persecution.
The persecution then becoming general, there was no longer any place of security for us in Abyssinia, where we were looked upon by all as the authors of all the civil commotions, and many councils were held to determine in what manner they should dispose of us.