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Persecute

Per´se`cute
v. t.1.To pursue in a manner to injure, grieve, or afflict; to beset with cruelty or malignity; to harass; especially, to afflict, harass, punish, or put to death, for adherence to a particular religious creed or mode of worship.
[imp. & p. p. Persecuted ; p. pr. & vb. n. Persecuting.]
Do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you.
- Matt. v. 44.
2.To harass with importunity; to pursue with persistent solicitations; to annoy.
Verb1.persecute - cause to suffer; "Jews were persecuted in the former Soviet Union"
Synonyms: oppress
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