persecution


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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 ?
My heart, believe me, is able to appraise at its true worth all that you have done for me by protecting me from my enemies, and from hatred and persecution.
We heard, that, having remained in Palestine, on account of his impaired health, after the departure of the English army, he had experienced the persecution of the French faction, to whom the Templars are known to be attached.
The Quakers, esteeming persecution as a divine call to the post of danger, laid claim to a holy courage, unknown to the Puritans themselves, who had shunned the cross, by providing for the peaceable exercise of their religion in a distant wilderness.
Larger, older, and stronger, Lip-lip had selected White Fang for his special object of persecution.
And one of our boarders has suffered much from the vengeance and persecution of the cardinal
Meantime, those of the Puritans who remained in England continued to suffer grievous persecution on account of their religious opinions.
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.
Persecution on the subject of Sir James was entirely at an end; his name merely mentioned to say that he was not in London; and indeed, in all her conversation, she was solicitous only for the welfare and improvement of her daughter, acknowledging, in terms of grateful delight, that Frederica was now growing every day more and more what a parent could desire.
They had been the settlers of thirteen separate and distinct English colonies, along the margin of the shore of the North American Continent; contiguously situated, but chartered by adventurers of characters variously diversified, including sectarians, religious and political, of all the classes which for the two preceding centuries had agitated and divided the people of the British islands--and with them were intermingled the descendants of Hollanders, Swedes, Germans, and French fugitives from the persecution of the revoker of the Edict of Nantes.
Whether it was that Fortune was apprehensive lest Jones should sink under the weight of his adversity, and that she might thus lose any future opportunity of tormenting him, or whether she really abated somewhat of her severity towards him, she seemed a little to relax her persecution, by sending him the company of two such faithful friends, and what is perhaps more rare, a faithful servant.
We passed under the "Ecce Homo Arch," and saw the very window from which Pilate's wife warned her husband to have nothing to do with the persecution of the Just Man.
Tublat was his most consistent enemy, but it was through Tublat that, when he was about thirteen, the persecution of his enemies suddenly ceased and he was left severely alone, except on the occasions when one of them ran amuck in the throes of one of those strange, wild fits of insane rage which attacks the males of many of the fiercer animals of the jungle.