Definition of persecution in English:



mass noun
  • 1Hostility and ill-treatment, especially because of race or political or religious beliefs; oppression.

    ‘her family fled religious persecution’
    • ‘Violence, war, poverty, unemployment, crime or persecution drive many others to escape.’
    • ‘The indigenous Christian community is only two million strong and faces persecution from Islamic militants.’
    • ‘The Israeli leadership does not need justification for further persecution.’
    • ‘No refugee would be able to flee from their country of persecution without first joining the mythical queue to apply for a protection visa.’
    • ‘A general persecution of the democratic leaders took place.’
    • ‘The basis for the modern State of Israel is the persecution of the Jewish people, which is undeniable.’
    • ‘The Appellant maintains that he fears persecution by the state for political or imputed political reasons.’
    • ‘Under the 1996 laws, asylum seekers fleeing persecution are now held behind bars.’
    • ‘They came mostly from areas of the Russian empire where religious persecution was common.’
    • ‘Designation does not mean that the country is considered to be universally safe or free from persecution.’
    • ‘The Emperor Marcus Aurelius died in 181, and the Church was little troubled by persecution for the following twenty years.’
    • ‘Coupled with the plague, the persecution of the Jews nearly wiped out entire communities.’
    • ‘He claims to fear persecution by reason of his involvement with student politics in Bangladesh during the 1990s.’
    • ‘This, then, was the occasion of the first persecution of Christians under the Roman Empire.’
    • ‘Think about someone convicted by a kangaroo court with faceless judges moving to the UK to escape further persecution.’
    • ‘He was by no means the only man of letters of his time who had to submit to something like persecution.’
    • ‘Most of the persecution in Iraq has been at local level.’
    • ‘In the sixteenth chapter, Gibbon examinees the persecution of Christians by several Roman emperors.’
    • ‘In the late 1990s, however, the Hazaras faced extreme persecution under the Taliban.’
    • ‘Later, during the time of the Crusades, messianic expectation increased as Jews faced persecution and death.’
    oppression, victimization, maltreatment, ill treatment, mistreatment, abuse, ill usage, discrimination, tyranny, tyrannization, punishment, torment, torture
    harassment, hounding, harrying, badgering, teasing, bullying, molestation
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    1. 1.1 Persistent annoyance or harassment.
      ‘his persecution at the hands of other students’
      • ‘This type of persecution can reach global proportions through the Trade-Related Intellectual Property Rights agreement (TRIPs) enforced by the World Trade Organization (WTO).’
      • ‘The rain is an obvious metaphor for oppression and relentless torment, for Davidson himself and his persecution of others.’
      • ‘These patients may believe that they, or a member of the family or someone close to them, are the focus of this persecution.’
      • ‘It's the one place in all the world where they can smoke pot in public without fear of persecution.’
      • ‘The right-wing propaganda outfit Accuracy in Media hosted his press conferences and published statements denouncing the alleged FBI "persecution."’
      • ‘It would be outrageous and a threat to all unions and social movements if more money is spent on continuing this legal persecution.’
      • ‘Your Honour, the persecution that was alleged here was the gaoling.’
      • ‘These things are often much clearer in hindsight and in large hindsight as to what the occasion for persecution was.’
      • ‘There is no evidence before me to establish persecution in the past or the likelihood of threat of persecution in the future.’
      • ‘Long grassers drinking and partying habits are used as justification for this persecution.’
      • ‘In the face of this persecution, Morgan takes an interest in Nick's girlfriend Frankie.’
      • ‘Twelve patients reported being chased by a gang; another ten complained of persecution of one kind or another.’
      • ‘It would also mean that a hell of a lot of MS sufferers would not have to live in fear of persecution for trying to allieviate suffering.’
      • ‘They are complaining that is persecution.’
      • ‘The stigma arising from their illegality and the fear of persecution prevented (and still prevents) the collectors from publishing their "ill-gotten" information.’
      • ‘The finding of the tribunal that this did not amount to persecution was upheld.’
      • ‘While posing as victims of persecution, the anti-MMR campaigners have proved very effective in intimidating their opponents.’
      • ‘However, that is not the reason that this appellant fears persecution.’
      • ‘The Tribunal is not satisfied that the Applicant has suffered persecution in the past.’