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 Dictionary entry overview: What does persecution mean? 

  The noun PERSECUTION has 1 sense:

1. the act of persecuting (especially on the basis of race or religion)

  Familiarity information: PERSECUTION used as a noun is very rare.

 Dictionary entry details 


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The act of persecuting (especially on the basis of race or religion)

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Hypernyms ("persecution" is a kind of...):

abuse; ill-treatment; ill-usage; maltreatment (cruel or inhumane treatment)

Domain category:

faith; religion; religious belief (a strong belief in a supernatural power or powers that control human destiny)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "persecution"):

oppression; subjugation (the act of subjugating by cruelty)

pogrom (organized persecution of an ethnic group (especially Jews))

torture; torturing (the deliberate, systematic, or wanton infliction of physical or mental suffering by one or more persons in an attempt to force another person to yield information or to make a confession or for any other reason)

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