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-
) + -tor -tor
persecutingly, adverbpersecutive, adjectivepersecutiveness, nounpersecutor, nounpersecutory [pur-si-kyoo-tuh-ree, -kyuh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee] /ˈpɜr sɪˌkyu tə ri, -kyəˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i/ Show IPA, adjectivenonpersecuting, adjectivenonpersecutive, adjectivenonpersecutory, adjectiveoverpersecute, verb (used with object), overpersecuted, overpersecuting.unpersecuted, adjectiveunpersecuting, adjectiveunpersecutive, adjective
Can be confused
afflict, torture, torment. 2.
worry, badger, vex, bother, pester.