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verb [transitive] persecute pronunciation in British English /ˈpɜː(r)sɪˌkjuːt/ 
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he/she/itpersecutes
present participlepersecuting
past tensepersecuted
past participlepersecuted
  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.

    They have denied persecuting or killing political dissidents.

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persecutor

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pluralpersecutors

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