transitive verb (-cuted; -cuting) Etymology: Middle English, from Middle French persecuter, back-formation from persecuteur persecutor, from Late Latin persecutor, from persequi to persecute, from Latin, to pursue, from per- through + sequi to follow — more at sue Date: 15th century 1. to harass or punish in a manner designed to injure, grieve, or afflict; specifically to cause to suffer because of belief 2. to annoy with persistent or urgent approaches (as attacks, pleas, or importunities) ; pester Synonyms: see wrongpersecutee nounpersecutive adjectivepersecutor nounpersecutory adjective

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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 — 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 …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 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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