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persecute

hound; afflict; torture; torment; badger; bother: persecute the opposition
Not to be confused with:
prosecute – to institute legal proceedings against: prosecute the suspect; carry forward something begun: prosecute a war

per·se·cute

 (pûr′sĭ-kyo͞ot′)
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.

persecute

(ˈpɜːsɪˌkjuːt)
vb (tr)
1. to oppress, harass, or maltreat, esp because of race, religion, etc
2. to bother persistently
[C15: from Old French persecuter, back formation from persecuteur, from Late Latin persecūtor pursuer, from persequī to take vengeance upon]
ˈperseˌcutive adj
ˈperseˌcutor n

per•se•cute

(ˈpɜr sɪˌkyut)

v.t. -cut•ed, -cut•ing.
1. to subject to harassing or cruel treatment, as because of religion, race, or beliefs; oppress.
2. to annoy or trouble persistently.
[1400–50; back formation from persecutour persecutor (< Anglo-French) < Late Latin persecūtor orig. prosecutor = Latin persecū-, variant s. of persequī to prosecute, pursue closely (see per-, sequence) + -tor -tor]
per′se•cu`tive, adj.
per′se•cu`tor, n.
per′se•cu`to•ry (-ˌkyu tə ri, -kyəˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i) adj.

persecute

prosecute
1. 'persecute'

To persecute someone means to continually treat them badly and make them suffer, for example because of their political or religious beliefs.

Members of these sects are ruthlessly persecuted.
They claim that nobody is persecuted for religious belief.
2. 'prosecute'

To prosecute someone means to accuse them of a crime and bring criminal charges against them.

He was prosecuted for drunken driving.
Trespassers will be prosecuted.

persecute


Past participle: persecuted
Gerund: persecuting

Imperative
persecute
persecute
Present
I persecute
you persecute
he/she/it persecutes
we persecute
you persecute
they persecute
Preterite
I persecuted
you persecuted
he/she/it persecuted
we persecuted
you persecuted
they persecuted
Present Continuous
I am persecuting
you are persecuting
he/she/it is persecuting
we are persecuting
you are persecuting
they are persecuting
Present Perfect
I have persecuted
you have persecuted
he/she/it has persecuted
we have persecuted
you have persecuted
they have persecuted
Past Continuous
I was persecuting
you were persecuting
he/she/it was persecuting
we were persecuting
you were persecuting
they were persecuting
Past Perfect
I had persecuted
you had persecuted
he/she/it had persecuted
we had persecuted
you had persecuted
they had persecuted
Future
I will persecute
you will persecute
he/she/it will persecute
we will persecute
you will persecute
they will persecute
Future Perfect
I will have persecuted
you will have persecuted
he/she/it will have persecuted
we will have persecuted
you will have persecuted
they will have persecuted
Future Continuous
I will be persecuting
you will be persecuting
he/she/it will be persecuting
we will be persecuting
you will be persecuting
they will be persecuting
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been persecuting
you have been persecuting
he/she/it has been persecuting
we have been persecuting
you have been persecuting
they have been persecuting
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been persecuting
you will have been persecuting
he/she/it will have been persecuting
we will have been persecuting
you will have been persecuting
they will have been persecuting
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been persecuting
you had been persecuting
he/she/it had been persecuting
we had been persecuting
you had been persecuting
they had been persecuting
Conditional
I would persecute
you would persecute
he/she/it would persecute
we would persecute
you would persecute
they would persecute
Past Conditional
I would have persecuted
you would have persecuted
he/she/it would have persecuted
we would have persecuted
you would have persecuted
they would have persecuted
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.persecute - cause to suffer; "Jews were persecuted in the former Soviet Union"
bedevil, dun, rag, torment, frustrate, crucify - treat cruelly; "The children tormented the stuttering teacher"
purge - oust politically; "Deng Xiao Ping was purged several times throughout his lifetime"

persecute

verb
2. harass, bother, annoy, bait, tease, worry, hassle (informal), badger, pester, vex, be on your back (slang) He described his first wife as constantly persecuting him.
harass let alone, leave alone

persecute

verb
To do a wrong to; treat unjustly:
Translations
يَضْطَهِدُيَضْطَهِد، يُعَذِّب
pronásledovat
forfølgeretsforfølge
vainota
progoniti
ofsækja
迫害する
박해하다
persekiotojas
vajāt
preganjati
förfölja
จับมาลงโทษ
baskı yapmakeziyet etmekzulmetmek
ngược đãi

persecute

[ˈpɜːsɪkjuːt] VTperseguir; (= harass) → acosar
they were persecuted under the Nazissufrieron persecución bajo los nazis
to persecute sb with questionsacosar a algn con preguntas

persecute

[ˈpɜːrsɪkjuːt] vtpersécuter
to be persecuted → être persécuté

persecute

vtverfolgen

persecute

[ˈpɜːsɪkjuːt] vtperseguitare

persecute

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

persecute

يَضْطَهِدُ pronásledovat retsforfølge verfolgen διώκω perseguir vainota persécuter progoniti perseguitare 迫害する 박해하다 vervolgen forfølge prześladować perseguir преследовать förfölja จับมาลงโทษ baskı yapmak ngược đãi 迫害
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The only thing about her that he had particularly noticed was a ring of peculiar workmanship upon a finger of the hand that Rokoff had seized, and he determined to note the fingers of the women passengers he came upon thereafter, that he might discover the identity of her whom Rokoff was persecuting, and learn if the fellow had offered her further annoyance.
So it was this beautiful young woman Rokoff had been persecuting.
You are content that these two scoundrels should continue persecuting you?
I was prepared to be persecuted for not persecuting--not persecuting, you know.
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Perhaps that is why many countries despite having strong trade ties with the Muslim world don't think twice before persecuting their respective Muslim populations.
He said that if there are solid proofs against any of the workers then he must be hanged publicly but persecuting an innocent person without proofs was condemnable.