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Synonyms for persecute
ˈpɜr sɪˌkyutper·se·cute

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Wiktionary

  1. persecuteverb

    Synonyms:
    distress, oppress, harass, annoy, worry

  2. persecuteverb

    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:
    annoy, distress, harass, oppress, worry

  3. persecuteverb

    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

Princeton's WordNet

  1. persecute, oppressverb

    cause to suffer

    "Jews were persecuted in the former Soviet Union"

    Synonyms:
    oppress, suppress, crush

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. persecuteverb

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

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. persecuteverb

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

PPDB, the paraphrase database

  1. List of paraphrases for "persecute":

    haunt, prosecute, pursue

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How to use persecute in a sentence?

  1. Sigmund Freud:

    It is a great injustice to persecute homosexuality as a crime, and cruelty too.

  2. Fatou Bensouda:

    We believe he ordered his troops to attack, pillage, rape, persecute and kill civilians belonging to Lendu, Ngiti and other ethnic groups, we believe he recruited hundreds of children into the UPC (Union of Congolese Patriots) and used them to kill and to die in the fighting; and girl soldiers to be routinely raped.

  3. Mark Simon:

    If they start to persecute them, then everything that makes Hong Kong special goes away, they are looking for scapegoats because they have mishandled this so badly.

  4. Edmund Burke:

    In doing good, we are generally cold, and languid, and sluggish; and of all things afraid of being too much in the right. But the works of malice and injustice are quite in another style. They are finished with a bold, masterly hand; touched as they are with the spirit of those vehement passions that call forth all our energies, whenever we oppress and persecute.

  5. The Talmud:

    Whosoever does not persecute them that persecute him; whosoever takes an offence in silence; he who does good because of love; he who is cheerful under his sufferings -- these are the friends of God, and of them the Scripture says: "They shall shine forth like the sun at noontide."


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