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Synonyms for persecute
ˈpɜr sɪˌkyut

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. persecute, oppress(verb)

    cause to suffer

    "Jews were persecuted in the former Soviet Union"

    Synonyms:
    oppress, suppress, crush

Wiktionary

  1. persecute(verb)

    Synonyms:
    worry, distress, oppress, harass, annoy

  2. persecute(verb)

    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 one's race, sexual identity, 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. 5:44.

    Synonyms:
    worry, oppress, annoy, harass, distress

  3. persecute(verb)

    To harass with importunity; to pursue with persistent solicitations; to annoy.

    Synonyms:
    distress, oppress, harass, worry, annoy

English Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. persecute

    Abuse covers all unreasonable or improper use or treatment by word or act. A tenant does not abuse rented property by "reasonable wear," though that may damage the property and injure its sale; he may abuse it by needless defacement or neglect. It is possible to abuse a man without harming him, as when the criminal vituperates the judge; or to harm a man without abusing him, as when the witness tells the truth about the criminal. Defame, malign, rail at, revile, slander, vilify, and vituperate are used always in a bad sense. One may be justly reproached. To impose on or to victimize one is to injure him by abusing his confidence. To persecute one is to ill-treat him for opinion's sake, commonly for religious belief; to oppress is generally for political or pecuniary motives. "Thou shalt not oppress an hired servant that is poor and needy," Deut. xxiv, 14. Misemploy, misuse, and pervert are commonly applied to objects rather than to persons. A dissolute youth misemploys his time, misuses his money and opportunities, harms his associates, perverts his talents, wrongs his parents, ruins himself, abuses every good gift of God.

    Synonyms:
    abuse, aggrieve, damage, defame, defile, disparage, harm, ill-treat, ill-use, impose on, impose upon, injure, malign, maltreat, misemploy, misuse, molest, oppress, pervert, prostitute, rail at, ravish, reproach, revile, ruin, slander, victimize, vilify, violate, vituperate, wrong

    Antonyms:
    applaud, benefit, care for, cherish, conserve, consider, eulogize, extol, favor, laud, panegyrize, praise, protect, regard, respect, shield, sustain, tend, uphold, vindicate

Complete Dictionary of Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. persecute

    Synonyms:
    harass, molest, annoy, worry, vex

    Antonyms:
    encourage, inspirit, abet, support

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. persecute(v. a.)

    Synonyms:
    oppress, harass, afflict, molest, distress, worry, hunt down, run down, pursue malignantly, drive from pillar to post

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. persecute(v)

    Synonyms:
    harass, oppress, tyrannize, torment, dragoon, importune, annoy, hector, badger

PPDB, the paraphrase database

  1. List of paraphrases:

    haunt, prosecute, pursue

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How to use persecute in a sentence?

  1. Ibrahim Hooper:

    This is way beyond the pale, this is basically a call to persecute a religious minority based on nothing other than their faith.

  2. Sam Brownback:

    The reason China has such a focus is they're kind of exploring the limits of new systems of how President Trump persecute a religious minority. But we've got persecution in 80 % of the global population.

  3. President Vladimir Putin:

    People have tried to stick this label on us, even people who use criminal law to persecute people of nontraditional orientation. Some U.S. states make it a crime, and though as far as I know these laws are not actually applied and the Supreme Court has suspended them, but they are nevertheless still on the books. We have no criminal penalties.

  4. Joyce:

    Everyone, whether cardinal or scientist, who believes that his own truth is complete and final must become a dogmatist...The more sincere his faith, the more he is bound to persecute, to save others from falling into error.

  5. Ralph Waldo Emerson:

    Universities are of course hostile to geniuses, which, seeing and using ways of their own, discredit the routine as churches and monasteries persecute youthful saints.


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