1. [syn: persecute, oppress]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Persecute \Per"se*cute\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Persecuted; p.
pr. & vb. n. Persecuting.] [F. pers['e]cueter, L. persequi,
persecutus, to pursue, prosecute; per + sequi to follow,
pursue. See Per-, and Second.]
1. To pursue in a manner to injure, grieve, or afflict; to
beset with cruelty or malignity; to harass; especially, to
afflict, harass, punish, or put to death, for adherence to
a particular religious creed or mode of worship.
Do good to them that hate you, and pray for them
which despitefully use you, and persecute you.
--Matt. v. 44.
2. To harass with importunity; to pursue with persistent
solicitations; to annoy. --Johnson.
Syn: To oppress; harass; distress; worry; annoy.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
v 1: cause to suffer; "Jews were persecuted in the former Soviet
Union" [syn: persecute, oppress]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
123 Moby Thesaurus words for "persecute":
abuse, afflict, aggravate, aggrieve, annoy, badger, bait, be at,
bedevil, befoul, beset, bewitch, blight, bother, bristle,
brown off, bug, bully, bullyrag, burn up, chivy, condemn, corrupt,
crucify, curse, damage, defile, deprave, despoil, destroy, devil,
disadvantage, discompose, disserve, distemper, distress, disturb,
do a mischief, do evil, do ill, do wrong, do wrong by, dog, doom,
dragoon, envenom, exasperate, exercise, fash, fret, get,
get into trouble, gripe, harass, harm, harry, haunt, heckle,
hector, hex, hound, hunt, hurt, ill-treat, impair, importune,
infect, injure, irk, irritate, jinx, maltreat, martyr, menace,
miff, mistreat, molest, nag, needle, nettle, nudzh, oppress,
outrage, peeve, pester, pick on, pique, plague, play havoc with,
play hob with, pluck the beard, poison, pollute, pother, prejudice,
provoke, punish, pursue, rack, ride, rile, roil, ruffle, savage,
scathe, subjugate, suppress, taint, tease, threaten, torment,
torture, trouble, try the patience, tweak the nose, tyrannize, vex,
victimize, violate, worry, wound, wreak havoc on, wrong