persecution - definition and synonyms

noun [countable/uncountable] 

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/ˌpɜː(r)sɪˈkjuːʃ(ə)n/
singularpersecution
pluralpersecutions
  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