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English definition of “persecution”

persecution

noun [C or U]     /ˌpɜː.sɪˈkjuː.ʃən/ US  /ˌpɝː-/
unfair or cruel treatment over a long period of time because of race, religion, or political beliefs: They left the country out of fear of persecution. refugees escaping from political persecutionTreating people or animals badlyInsults and abuseUnkind, cruel and unfeelingViolent or aggressive
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