Definition of persecution in English:



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

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