Persecute
Persecute Per"se*cute, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Persecuted}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Persecuting}.] [F. pers['e]cueter, L. persequi, persecutus, to pursue, prosecute; per + sequi to follow, pursue. See {Per-}, and {Second}.] 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. [1913 Webster]

Do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you. --Matt. v. 44. [1913 Webster]

2. To harass with importunity; to pursue with persistent solicitations; to annoy. --Johnson. [1913 Webster]

Syn: To oppress; harass; distress; worry; annoy. [1913 Webster]


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  • persécuté — persécuté, ée [ pɛrsekyte ] adj. et n. • 1694; de persécuter 1 ♦ En butte à une persécution. Peuple persécuté. Jean Jacques « persécuté ou croyant l être, entouré d imaginaires ennemis, d autres réels » (Henriot). 2 ♦ N. Victime d une persécution …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • persecute — I verb abuse, afflict, aggrieve, agonize, annoy, assail, attack, badger, be intolerant, be malevolent, be malicious, be offensive, be ruthless, bedevil, beset, bother, browbeat, bully, carp at, chevy, crucify, damage, distress, disturb, do an… …   Law dictionary

  • persécuté — persécuté, ée (pèr sé ku té, tée) part. passé de persécuter. Qui est l objet de la persécution. •   Un des philosophes les plus persécutés fut l immortel Bayle, l honneur de la nature humaine, VOLT. Dict. phil. Philosophe, I.    Substantivement.… …   Dictionnaire de la Langue Française d'Émile Littré

  • persecute — late 15c., to oppress for the holding of a belief or opinion, from M.Fr. persécuter pursue, torment, open legal action (14c.), from L. persecutus, pp. of persequi (see PERSECUTION (Cf. persecution)). Related: Persecuted; persecuting …   Etymology dictionary

  • persecute — oppress, *wrong, aggrieve Analogous words: *worry, annoy, harass, harry: torture, torment, rack (see AFFLICT): *bait, badger, hound, ride Contrasted words: *indulge, pamper, humor: favor, *ob …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • persecute — [v] wrong, torment afflict, aggrieve, annoy, badger, bait, beat, be on one’s case*, bother, crucify, distress, dog*, dragoon, drive up the wall*, exile, expel, harass, hector, hound*, hunt, ill treat, injure, maltreat, martyr, molest, oppress,… …   New thesaurus

  • persecuté — Persecuté, Vexatus, Afflictus …   Thresor de la langue françoyse

  • persecuté — Persecuté, [persecut]ée. part …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie française

  • persecute — ► VERB 1) subject to prolonged hostility and ill treatment. 2) persistently harass or annoy. DERIVATIVES persecution noun persecutor noun. ORIGIN Old French persecuter, from Latin persequi follow with hostility …   English terms dictionary

  • persecute — [pʉr′sə kyo͞ot΄] vt. persecuted, persecuting [LME persecuten < MFr persécuter, back form. < persécuteur < L persecutor < persequi, to pursue < per, through + sequi, to follow: see SEQUENT] 1. to afflict or harass constantly so as… …   English World dictionary

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