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  2  definitions  found 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  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,  or  afflict;  to 
  beset  with  cruelty  or  malignity;  to  harass;  especially,  to 
  afflict,  harass,  punish,  or  put  to  death,  for  adherence  to 
  a  particular  religious  creed  or  mode  of  worship. 
  Do  good  to  them  that  hate  you  and  pray  for  them 
  which  despitefully  use  you  and  persecute  you 
  --Matt.  v.  44. 
  2.  To  harass  with  importunity;  to  pursue  with  persistent 
  solicitations;  to  annoy.  --Johnson. 
  Syn:  To  oppress;  harass;  distress;  worry;  annoy. 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
  v  :  cause  to  suffer;  "Jews  were  persecuted  in  the  former  Soviet 
  Union"  [syn:  {oppress},  {harass}] 

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