persecute

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See also: persécuté and persécute

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Borrowed from Middle French persécuter, from Ecclesiastical Latin persecutor, from Latin persequor, persecutus (follow up, pursue), from per- (through) +‎ sequor (follow) (English sequel). Compare prosecute. Cf. also pursue.

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persecute (third-person singular simple present persecutes, present participle persecuting, simple past and past participle persecuted)

  1. To pursue in a manner to do harm or cruelty to; especially, to because the victim's race, sexual identity, adherence to a particular belief.
    He who persecutes one will persecute all.
  2. To harass with importunity; to pursue with persistent solicitations; to annoy.

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persecūte

  1. vocative masculine singular of persecūtus