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persecution

noun [C or U] uk   /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 persecution
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