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See also: persécution
Equivalent to persecute + -ion, Borrowed from Old French persecucion , from Ecclesiastical Latin persecūtio (“persecution; chase, pursuit”), from Latin persequor (“follow up, pursue”), from per- (“through”) + sequor (“follow”).
- (General American) IPA(key): /ˌpɝsəˈkjuʃən/
- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ˌpɜːsəˈkjuːʃən/
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- Hyphenation: per‧se‧cu‧tion
- The act of persecuting.
- A program or campaign to subjugate or eliminate a specific group of people, often based on race, religion, sexuality, or social beliefs.
- 2012 March-April, Jan Sapp, “Race Finished”, in American Scientist, volume 100, number 2, page 164:
- Few concepts are as emotionally charged as that of race. The word conjures up a mixture of associations—culture, ethnicity, genetics, subjugation, exclusion and persecution. But is the tragic history of efforts to define groups of people by race really a matter of the misuse of science, the abuse of a valid biological concept?
the act of persecuting
a program or campaign to subjugate or eliminate a specific group of people