Meaning of persecute

per•se•cute

Pronunciation: (pûr'si-kyt"), [key]
— -cut•ed, -cut•ing.
  1. to pursue with harassing or oppressive treatment, esp. because of religion, race, or beliefs; harass persistently.
  2. to annoy or trouble persistently.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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