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persecute

per·se·cute

persecute

 
pronunciation:
puhr s kyut
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Word Parts
part of speech: verb
inflections: persecuted, persecutes, persecuting
definition: to treat someone in a cruel way because of race, religion, political ideas, or some other difference.
Some governments persecute citizens who oppose their policies.
synonyms:
harass
similar words:
abuse, discriminate against
derivations: persecutive (adj.), persecutory (adj.), persecutor (n.)
Word Parts
The word persecute contains the following parts:
sequi, secut, seque Latin root that means to follow