Origin of persecution
OTHER WORDS FROM persecutionper·se·cu·tion·al, adjective non·per·se·cu·tion, noun
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What does persecution mean?
Persecution is the act of harassing or oppressing a person or a group of people, especially because of their identity.
Throughout history, people have faced persecution because of their religion, race, ethnicity, political beliefs, sexual orientation, and many other factors.
Example: People have been using the forum to call attention to the ongoing persecution of Muslims.
Where does persecution come from?
The first records of the word persecution in English come from the 1300s. The verb persecute is actually a more recent addition to English than persecution—the first records of it come from the 1400s. It derives from Late Latin persecūtor, which means “pursuer,” from the verb persequī, meaning “to prosecute,” “to pursue closely,” or “to take vengeance upon.”
Persecution often involves ongoing violence and other forms of harassment. Groups are often targeted for persecution when they are in the minority where they live—when they do not hold power. Members of all major religions—including Jews, Muslims, and Christians—have faced persecution during many periods throughout history and still face it today in parts of the world where other religions are more dominant. Racial and ethnic minorities constantly face persecution in the form of discrimination and harsh treatment. Gay people and people with differing gender identities have historically been persecuted and forced to hide their identity. Sometimes, people are persecuted for their political beliefs, especially when they go against the ruling government. Scientists have faced persecution for introducing ideas considered dangerous to those in power. Persecution is not a thing of the past. It happens every day all over the world.
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What are some other forms related to persecution?
- persecutional (adjective)
- nonpersecution (noun)
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How is persecution used in real life?
Many groups around the world face persecution, and it is a frequent topic of debate.
— Valerio De Cesaris (@ValerioDeC) March 8, 2020
Labour MP Khalid raised at the floor of British Parliament the issue of violence against and persecution of Muslims in India, and called for an official reaction from the government of UK #DelhiRiots2020 #Delhigenocide #BJP #RSS pic.twitter.com/zYBOm5QSLS
— Murtaza Ali Shah (@MurtazaViews) February 27, 2020
Russian investigators have still not brought anyone to account for the horrific persecution of gay men in Chechnya. https://t.co/KODyxx3Urq
— Amnesty UK (@AmnestyUK) October 17, 2017
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Example sentences from the Web for persecution
They are stories of persecution and triumph, adversity and strength.
My views, however, cannot be changed by a prison sentence or by persecution.
So in a sense, the current wave of persecution is nothing new.
My sources told me stories of conflict and persecution, and their hopes at the end of a long civil war.We Interrupt This Broadcast: How a TV Producer Learned to Write Fiction |George Lerner |September 9, 2014 |DAILY BEAST
This state-sanctioned discrimination has forced an untold number of LGBT in the shadows for fear of persecution.
The persecution in Japon had reached such a point that it was impossible to enter the kingdom.The Philippine Islands, 1493-1898: Volume XXXII, 1640 |Diego Aduarte
Buddhism, although, tolerant of heresy, has ever been vehement in its persecution of schism.
This is one of those instances where persecution proved successful.Beacon Lights of History, Volume VIII |John Lord
Revering the monarchy and established institutions, they endured forty years of persecution before they took up arms.
In this moment of trial and persecution we pray that Thou wouldst be our defender, our counsellor, and our guide.The Works of Whittier, Volume VI (of VII) |John Greenleaf Whittier