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persecute verb (persecuted, persecuting) 1 to ill-treat, oppress, torment or put to death (a person or people), especially on the grounds of their religious or political beliefs. 2 to harass, pester or bother someone continually. persecution noun. persecutor noun.
ETYMOLOGY: 15c: from Latin persequi, persecutus to pursue or ill-treat.