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per·se·cute

persecute

 
 
pronunciation:
puhr s kyut
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part of speech: verb
inflections: persecutes, persecuting, persecuted
definition: to continually treat in a cruel or harsh way because of race, religion, political ideas, or some other difference.
Adolf Hitler persecuted the Jewish people.
synonyms:
harass, oppress
similar words:
abuse, discriminate against, mistreat
derivations: persecutive (adj.), persecutory (adj.), persecutor (n.)
Word Parts  About this feature
The word persecute contains the following parts:
per- Latin prefix that means through, throughout; very
sequi, secut, seque Latin root that means to follow