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noun [countable/uncountable] persecution pronunciation in British English /ˌpɜː(r)sɪˈkjuːʃ(ə)n/ 
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  1. extremely bad treatment of someone, especially because of their race, religion, or political beliefs

    He may face persecution if he returns to his homeland.

    religious/political persecution

    persecution of:

    the Nazi persecution of the Jews

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