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tr.v. per·se·cut·ed, per·se·cut·ing, per·se·cutes
1. To oppress or harass with ill-treatment, especially because of race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, or beliefs.
2. To annoy persistently; bother: persecuted the babysitter with foolish questions.

[Middle English, from Old French persecuter, back-formation from persecuteur, persecutor, from Late Latin persecūtor, from persecūtus, past participle of persequī, to persecute, from Latin, to pursue : per-, per- + sequī, to follow; see sekw- in Indo-European roots.]

per′se·cu·tee′ (-kyo͞o-tē′) n.
per′se·cu′tive, per′se·cu·to′ry (-kyo͝o-tôr′ē, -kyo͞o′tə-rē) adj.
per′se·cu′tor n.


involving or characteristic of persecution
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Equally it can be individual, group or, more subtly, organised "mobbing" that involves the most sophisticated persecutory practices aimed not just at the removal of individuals, but their total humiliation.
Persecutory delusions -- "these involve the theme of being followed, harassed, cheated, spied on, conspired against or otherwise obstructed in the pursuit of goals.
Cope, in an essay revealingly entitled "Where the Sestigers Came Unstuck", written for Jim Polley's edited volume, Die Sestigers (1973), ascribes the "failure to resolve (exorcise)" the "fear or persecutory anxiety" he sees in this passage to "repressed guilt" resulting in the work taking "the form of a withdrawal into fantasy, a personal world from which he can send out his volleys of irony, rebellion, terror and mockery".
These experiences can be persecutory in nature-such as a belief that people may harm them or their baby--or grandiose, where they feel they are 'chosen' and that their baby has special gifts.
Persecutory delusions are unrealistic beliefs that others are intentionally trying to harm the person.
However, LGB refugees living in persecutory environments cannot reasonably maintain relationships that match the Molodowich factors.
Mr R was a 30-year-old male who was diagnosed with schizophrenia at the age of 19, after he presented with a typical combination of disorganised behaviour and persecutory delusions, against a background of daily comorbid polysubstance abuse.
using cannabis and alcohol) to anesthetize feelings Inability to delay gratification Not eating, undereating, or overeating Habitual cutting or the desire to harm oneself Suicidal thoughts Homicidal thoughts Delusions Dissociation Depersonalization Grandiosity Hallucinations Hyperreligiosity or bizarre religious beliefs Mania Obsessions Paranoia Persecutory thoughts
10) Typically, if sufficient state protection is unavailable, it must be determined whether the conduct that is alleged to be persecutory provides an objective basis for a well-founded fear of persecution.
15) Interestingly, the BIA has held that the perpetrator of the allegedly persecutory conduct need not intend to harm or to persecute the applicant for his or her conduct to qualify as persecution.
Activist Bharti Ali feels the Bill is anti-poor in nature and persecutory besides being replete with inconsistencies and legal errors.
The variables assessed are (see Table 3) presence/influence of hopelessness, recent stressful life event, evidence of persecutory voices/ beliefs, evidence of depression/loss of pleasure, evidence of withdrawal, warning of suicidal intent, evidence of a plan to commit suicide, family history of serious psychiatric problems or suicide, recent bereavement or relationship breakdown, history of psychosis, widow/widower status, prior suicide attempt, history of socioeconomic deprivation, history of alcohol and/or alcohol misuse, and presence of terminal illness (Cutcliffe & Barker, 2004).