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  3  definitions  found 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Persecution  \Per`se*cu"tion\,  n.  [F.  pers['e]cution,  L. 
  1.  The  act  or  practice  of  persecuting;  especially,  the 
  infliction  of  loss  pain,  or  death  for  adherence  to  a 
  particular  creed  or  mode  of  worship. 
  Persecution  produces  no  sincere  conviction.  --Paley. 
  2.  The  state  or  condition  of  being  persecuted.  --Locke. 
  3.  A  carrying  on  prosecution.  [Obs.] 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
  n  :  the  act  of  persecuting  (especially  on  the  basis  of  race  or 
  From  Easton's  1897  Bible  Dictionary  [easton]: 
  The  first  great  persecution  for  religious  opinion  of  which  we 
  have  any  record  was  that  which  broke  out  against  the  worshippers 
  of  God  among  the  Jews  in  the  days  of  Ahab,  when  that  king,  at 
  the  instigation  of  his  wife  Jezebel,  "a  woman  in  whom  with  the 
  reckless  and  licentious  habits  of  an  Oriental  queen,  were  united 
  the  fiercest  and  sternest  qualities  inherent  in  the  old  Semitic 
  race",  sought  in  the  most  relentless  manner  to  extirpate  the 
  worship  of  Jehovah  and  substitute  in  its  place  the  worship  of 
  Ashtoreth  and  Baal.  Ahab's  example  in  this  respect  was  followed 
  by  Manasseh,  who  "shed  innocent  blood  very  much  till  he  had 
  filled  Jerusalem  from  one  end  to  another"  (2  Kings  21:16;  comp. 
  24:4).  In  all  ages,  in  one  form  or  another,  the  people  of  God 
  have  had  to  suffer  persecution.  In  its  earliest  history  the 
  Christian  church  passed  through  many  bloody  persecutions.  Of 
  subsequent  centuries  in  our  own  and  in  other  lands  the  same  sad 
  record  may  be  made 
  Christians  are  forbidden  to  seek  the  propagation  of  the  gospel 
  by  force  (Matt.  7:1;  Luke  9:54-56;  Rom.  14:4;  James  4:11,  12). 
  The  words  of  Ps  7:13,  "He  ordaineth  his  arrows  against  the 
  persecutors,"  ought  rather  to  be  as  in  the  Revised  Version,  "He 
  maketh  his  arrows  fiery  [shafts]." 

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