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Definition of persecute:

  1. To harass with importunity; to pursue with persistent solicitations; to annoy.
  2. To pursue in a manner to injure, grieve, or afflict; to beset with cruelty or malignity; to harass; especially, to afflict, harass, punish, or put to death, for adherence to a particular religious creed or mode of worship.


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