Meaning of “persecute” in the English Dictionary

(Definition of “persecute” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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persecuteverb [ T ]

us /ˈpɜr·sɪˌkjut/

to treat people unfairly or cruelly over a period of time because of their race, religion, etc.:

She claimed the government was persecuting its opponents.
noun [ U ] us /ˌpɜr·sɪˈkju·ʃən/

political/religious persecution
noun [ C ] us /ˈpɜr·sɪˌkju·t̬ər/

Given the chance, victims may seek revenge on their persecutors.

(Definition of “persecute” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)