Definitions of persecution

  1. the act of persecuting (especially on the basis of race or religion) Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. The act or practice of persecuting; especially, the infliction of loss, pain, or death for adherence to a particular creed or mode of worship. Webster Dictionary DB
  3. The state or condition of being persecuted. Webster Dictionary DB
  4. A carrying on; prosecution. Webster Dictionary DB
  5. Persecutor. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  6. The act of ill-treating unjustly; the state of being ill-treated unjustly. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  7. Act or practice of persecuting: state of being persecuted. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  8. The act of persecuting; oppression. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  9. The act or practice of persecuting; the state of being persecuted. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  10. The act of harassing or punishing another unjustly; the act of afflicting or destroying on account of adherence to a particular creed. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  11. 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 ; Compare 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 ( Matthew 7:1 ; Luke 9:54-56 ; Romans 14:4 ; James 4:11 James 4:12 ). The words of Psalms 7:13 , "He ordaineth his arrows against the persecutors," ought rather to be, as in the Revised Version, "He maketh his arrows fiery [shafts]." biblestudytools.com
  12. p. mania, insane delusion that one is persecuted. Concise Oxford Dictionary
  13. n. Act or practice of persecuting, or state of being persecuted. Cabinet Dictionary