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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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George's comorbid persecutory delusional disorder will be omitted from the composite case because of its uniqueness to George among the clinician's repertoire of clinical OCD cases with which she has worked.
Depression, numbness, fatiqibility low threshold for hot weather, persecutory ideas, intrusive thoughts, startle reaction insomnia and periodic disorientation were noticed in 60% of women, 10% of men and 30% of children.
Guilt that is felt during the paranoid-schizoid position is tinged with persecutory feelings.
The court heard he suffers from delusional, persecutory beliefs, including a conviction that the calendar had been adjusted.
Attorney Hussein Abu Hussein said the new charge comes in a string of persecutory actions against the Sheikh.
Reiterating that the European Commission launched, in January, a sectoral investigation by searching several European laboratories that it suspects of anti-competitive practices, particularly through agreements between companies (for example, settling litigation linked to patents) and artificial obstacles to market entry (through the abusive use of patent rights or litigation proceedings to persecutory ends).
But as Loewenstein stresses in his essay, the tenets of persecution are indeed bloody, and the intellectual history approach has effectively omitted the "depth of visceral and irrational feelings" (46) that particularly characterized the persecutory side of this debate.
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2001, Cognitive neuropsychiatric models of persecutory delusions, American Journal of Psychiatry, 158, 527-539.
In the chapter on Der Sandmann he examines clues confirming the existence of the Sandman and concludes firstly that, although 'in the material world' we would consider Nathanael mad because of his inability to distinguish between imagination and reality, in Hoffmann's fictional world Nathanael's imagination is capable of producing real monsters and so he is the author of his own fate; secondly, that, due to the conflicting but equally valid interpretations, our activity as readers corroborates Nathanael's persecutory delusion.
It assumes that there are limiting forces on persecutory practices (or being forced to recognize persecutory practices) and protection.
100) In the Li decision, the Fifth Circuit seemingly approved of the Chinese government enacting whatever persecutory laws it wished, so long as the laws did not actively persecute on religious bases.