Definitions of persecution

  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. Webster Dictionary DB
  2. The state or condition of being persecuted. Webster Dictionary DB
  3. A carrying on; prosecution. Webster Dictionary DB
  4. 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.
  5. Act or practice of persecuting: state of being persecuted. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  6. The act of persecuting; oppression. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.

Usage examples for persecution

  1. He may have entered this community by choice or may have been driven into it by persecution – Brazilian Sketches by T. B. Ray
  2. I began to think of the host of people I should have to encounter in it; I anticipated much persecution in it also; and I questioned whether I should even get out of it alive. – The History of the Rise, Progress and Accomplishment of the Abolition of the African Slave-Trade, by the British Parliament (1839) by Thomas Clarkson