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persecution

per·se·cu·tion

persecution

 
pronunciation:
puhr s kyu shn
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: the act of persecuting, or the condition or fact of being persecuted.
definition 2: a purposeful course of harassing, punishing, or exterminating others, esp. because of their race or their religious, moral, or political beliefs.
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derivation: persecutional (adj.)
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