persecutive

persecute

[pur-si-kyoot]
verb (used with object), persecuted, persecuting.
1.
to pursue with harassing or oppressive treatment, especially because of religion, race, or beliefs; harass persistently.
2.
to annoy or trouble persistently.

Origin:
1400–50; late Middle English; back formation from persecutour persecutor ≪ Late Latin persecūtor orig. prosecutor, equivalent to persecū-, variant stem of persequī to prosecute, pursue closely (see per-, sequence) + -tor -tor

persecutingly, adverb
persecutive, adjective
persecutiveness, noun
persecutor, noun
persecutory [pur-si-kyoo-tuh-ree, -kyuh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee] , adjective
nonpersecuting, adjective
nonpersecutive, adjective
nonpersecutory, adjective
overpersecute, verb (used with object), overpersecuted, overpersecuting.
unpersecuted, adjective
unpersecuting, adjective
unpersecutive, adjective

persecute, prosecute.


1. afflict, torture, torment. 2. worry, badger, vex, bother, pester.
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persecute (ˈpɜːsɪˌkjuːt)
 
vb
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]
 
'persecutive
 
adj
 
'persecutor
 
n

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