|1.||to oppress, harass, or maltreat, esp because of race, religion, etc|
|2.||to bother persistently|
|[C15: from Old French persecuter, back formation from persecuteur, from Late Latin persecūtor pursuer, from persequī to take vengeance upon]|
|the offspring of a zebra and a donkey.|
|a children's mummer's parade, as on the Fourth of July, with prizes for the best costumes.|
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