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 Dictionary entry overview: What does persecute mean? 

  The verb PERSECUTE has 1 sense:

1. cause to suffer

  Familiarity information: PERSECUTE used as a verb is very rare.

 Dictionary entry details 


Sense 1persecute [BACK TO TOP]


Cause to suffer

Classified under:

Verbs of political and social activities and events


persecute; oppress

Context example:

Jews were persecuted in the former Soviet Union

Hypernyms (to "persecute" is one way to...):

bedevil; crucify; dun; frustrate; rag; torment (treat cruelly)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "persecute"):

purge (oust politically)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s somebody

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