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verb [transitive]     persecute pronunciation in British English
/ˈpɜː(r)sɪˌkjuːt/
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  1. 1
    to treat someone extremely badly, or to refuse them equal rights, especially because of their race, religion, or political beliefs

    In those days, Christians were persecuted by the government.

  2. 2
    to frequently annoy or threaten someone

    Why are you persecuting me like this?

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