Meaning of persecution

per•se•cu•tion

Pronunciation: (pûr"si-ky'shun), [key]
— n.
  1. the act of persecuting.
  2. the state of being persecuted.
  3. a program or campaign to exterminate, drive away, or subjugate a people because of their religion, race, or beliefs: the persecutions of Christians by the Romans.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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