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Persecution

Per`se`cu´tion
n.1.The act or practice of persecuting; especially, the infliction of loss, pain, or death for adherence to a particular creed or mode of worship.
Persecution produces no sincere conviction.
- Paley.
2.The state or condition of being persecuted.
3.A carrying on; prosecution.
Noun1.persecution - the act of persecuting (especially on the basis of race or religion)
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