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n.1.A woman who persecutes.
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, published 1913 by G. & C. Merriam Co.
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Wordsworth's benign "Nurse Nature", far from "healing" a "wounded spirit" or offering the bond of visionary threads to unspoilt terrain, is a devious persecutrix, thus estranging John South from his "life-supporting woodland labour" and, ultimately, from his Hintock neighbours because of his nervous infirmity (Moore 118).