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My life has been immensely enriched by gay mentors, colleagues and friends, and any discrimination and persecution of gay people is unacceptable.
Mikhail Baryshnikov

Meaning of "persecution" in the English dictionary

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PRONUNCIATION OF PERSECUTION

persecution  [ˌpɜːsɪˈkjuːʃən] play
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GRAMMATICAL CATEGORY OF PERSECUTION

noun
adjective
verb
adverb
pronoun
preposition
conjunction
determiner
exclamation
Persecution is a noun.
A noun is a type of word the meaning of which determines reality. Nouns provide the names for all things: people, objects, sensations, feelings, etc.

WHAT DOES PERSECUTION MEAN IN ENGLISH?

persecution

Persecution

Persecution is the systematic mistreatment of an individual or group by another individual or group. The most common forms are religious persecution, ethnic persecution and political persecution, though there is naturally some overlap between these terms. The inflicting of suffering, harassment, isolation, imprisonment, fear, or pain are all factors that may establish persecution. Even so, not all suffering will necessarily establish persecution. The suffering experienced by the victim must be sufficiently severe. The threshold level of severity has been a source of much debate.

Definition of persecution in the English dictionary

The definition of persecution in the dictionary is the act of persecuting or the state of being persecuted.

WORDS THAT RHYME WITH PERSECUTION


allocution
ˌæləˈkjuːʃən
attribution
ˌætrɪˈbjuːʃən
circumlocution
ˌsɜːkəmləˈkjuːʃən
consecution
ˌkɒnsɪˈkjuːʃən
constitution
ˌkɒnstɪˈtjuːʃən
contribution
ˌkɒntrɪˈbjuːʃən
distribution
ˌdɪstrɪˈbjuːʃən
elocution
ˌɛləˈkjuːʃən
execution
ˌɛksɪˈkjuːʃən
illocution
ˌɪləˈkjuːʃən
inexecution
ɪnˌɛksɪˈkjuːʃən
institution
ˌɪnstɪˈtjuːʃən
interlocution
ˌɪntəlɒˈkjuːʃən
locution
ləʊˈkjuːʃən
perlocution
ˌpɜːlɒˈkjuːʃən
prolocution
ˌprəʊləˈkjuːʃən
prosecution
ˌprɒsɪˈkjuːʃən
prostitution
ˌprɒstɪˈtjuːʃən
reconstitution
ˌriːkɒnstɪˈtjuːʃən
substitution
ˌsʌbstɪˈtjuːʃən

WORDS THAT BEGIN LIKE PERSECUTION

perse
persecute
persecuted
persecutee
persecution complex
persecutive
persecutor
persecutory
Persei
Perseid
perseity
Persephone
Persepolis
Perseus
perseverance
perseverant
perseverate
perseveration
perseverative
perseverator

WORDS THAT END LIKE PERSECUTION

absolution
accreditation
American Revolution
caution
dilution
diminution
dissolution
evolution
First Amendment of the Constitution
high resolution
high-resolution
New Year resolution
October Revolution
Poisson distribution
pollution
precaution
resolution
restitution
retribution
revolution
solution

Synonyms and antonyms of persecution in the English dictionary of synonyms

SYNONYMS

SYNONYMS OF «PERSECUTION»

The following words have a similar or identical meaning as «persecution» and belong to the same grammatical category.
synonyms of persecution

Translation of «persecution» into 25 languages

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TRANSLATION OF PERSECUTION

Find out the translation of persecution to 25 languages with our English multilingual translator.
The translations of persecution from English to other languages presented in this section have been obtained through automatic statistical translation; where the essential translation unit is the word «persecution» in English.

Translator English - Chinese

迫害
1,325 millions of speakers

Translator English - Spanish

persecución
570 millions of speakers

English

persecution
510 millions of speakers

Translator English - Hindi

उत्पीड़न
380 millions of speakers
ar

Translator English - Arabic

الاضطهاد
280 millions of speakers

Translator English - Russian

преследование
278 millions of speakers

Translator English - Portuguese

perseguição
270 millions of speakers

Translator English - Bengali

নিপীড়ন
260 millions of speakers

Translator English - French

persécution
220 millions of speakers

Translator English - Malay

Penganiayaan
190 millions of speakers

Translator English - German

Verfolgung
180 millions of speakers

Translator English - Japanese

迫害
130 millions of speakers

Translator English - Korean

박해
85 millions of speakers

Translator English - Javanese

Buron
85 millions of speakers
vi

Translator English - Vietnamese

đàn áp
80 millions of speakers

Translator English - Tamil

துன்புறுத்தல்
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Marathi

छळ
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Turkish

zulüm
70 millions of speakers

Translator English - Italian

persecuzione
65 millions of speakers

Translator English - Polish

prześladowania
50 millions of speakers

Translator English - Ukrainian

переслідування
40 millions of speakers

Translator English - Romanian

persecuție
30 millions of speakers
el

Translator English - Greek

διώξεις
15 millions of speakers
af

Translator English - Afrikaans

vervolging
14 millions of speakers
sv

Translator English - Swedish

förföljelse
10 millions of speakers
no

Translator English - Norwegian

forfølgelse
5 millions of speakers

Trends of use of persecution

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TENDENCIES OF USE OF THE TERM «PERSECUTION»

The term «persecution» is quite widely used and occupies the 28.588 position in our list of most widely used terms in the English dictionary.
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FREQUENCY OF USE OF THE TERM «PERSECUTION» OVER TIME

The graph expresses the annual evolution of the frequency of use of the word «persecution» during the past 500 years. Its implementation is based on analysing how often the term «persecution» appears in digitalised printed sources in English between the year 1500 and the present day.

Examples of use in the English literature, quotes and news about persecution

EXAMPLES

10 QUOTES WITH «PERSECUTION»

Famous quotes and sentences with the word persecution.
1
Kage Baker
In 1913, the noted German actor and director Paul Wegener was making a film in Prague when he heard the legend of Rabbi Loew, who created a golem to protect the inhabitants of the Prague ghetto from persecution.
2
Hosea Ballou
Religion which requires persecution to sustain, it is of the devil's propagation.
3
Mikhail Baryshnikov
My life has been immensely enriched by gay mentors, colleagues and friends, and any discrimination and persecution of gay people is unacceptable.
4
Conrad Black
Perhaps the gravest under-publicized atrocity in the world is the persecution of Christians.
5
Arthur Bryant
Even in November 1938, after five years of anti-Semitic legislation and persecution, they still owned, according to the Times correspondent in Berlin, something like a third of the real property in the Reich.
6
Sacha Baron Cohen
I think if you come from a history of persecution you have to develop a sense of humour.
7
Frank Moore Colby
Persecution was at least a sign of personal interest. Tolerance is composed of nine parts of apathy to one of brotherly love.
8
Edwin Louis Cole
Knowledge of God's Word is a bulwark against deception, temptation, accusation, even persecution.
9
Gregg Easterbrook
I think the thing that I most appreciate now is that stereotypes involving Jewish identity activate fears of persecution that exist in the present day.
10
Gregg Easterbrook
Jewish persecution is a historical memory of the present generation and people fear it in the present day, and that's why those references are so much more powerful. I just understand that better now.

10 ENGLISH BOOKS RELATING TO «PERSECUTION»

Discover the use of persecution in the following bibliographical selection. Books relating to persecution and brief extracts from same to provide context of its use in English literature.
1
Persecution and the Art of Writing
The essays collected in Persecution and the Art of Writing all deal with one problem—the relation between philosophy and politics.
Leo Strauss, 2013
2
The Myth of Persecution: How Early Christians Invented a ...
Instead, these stories were pious exaggerations; highly stylized rewritings of Jewish, Greek, and Roman noble death traditions; and even forgeries designed to marginalize heretics, inspire the faithful, and fund churches.
Candida Moss, 2013
3
The Lavender Scare: The Cold War Persecution of Gays and ...
And perhaps just as importantly, this book is a cautionary tale, reminding us of how acts taken by the government in the name of "national security" during the Cold War resulted in the infringement of the civil liberties of thousands of ...
David K. Johnson, 2009
4
Antisemitism: A Historical Encyclopedia of Prejudice and ...
Written by top scholars in an accessible manner, this unique encyclopedia offers worldwide coverage of the origins, forms, practitioners, and effects of antisemitism, leading to the Holocaust and surviving to the present day.
Richard S. Levy, 2005
5
History of the Vandal Persecution
By far the fullest narrative of their doings prior to the time of Justinian is that provided by Victor of Vita, who in 484 wrote the greater part of the work here translated.
Victor (Santo), John Moorhead, 1992
6
Persecution in 1 Peter: Differentiating and Contextualizing ...
In Persecution in 1 Peter, Travis B. Williams offers a comprehensive and detailed socio-historical investigation into the nature of persecution in 1 Peter, situating the epistle against the backdrop of conflict management in first-century ...
Travis B. Williams, 2012
7
The Nazi Persecution of the Gypsies
They were branded as "asocials," harassed, and eventually herded into concentration camps where many thousands were killed. But until now the story of their persecution has either been overlooked or distorted.
Guenter Lewy Professor Emeritus of Political Science University of Massachusetts, 1999
8
Persecution: How Liberals Are Waging War Against Christians
A Christian lawyer and national syndicated columnist reveals what he sees as "war" being waged by liberals against Christians in the schools and in the public marketplace of ideas in America.
David Limbaugh, 2003
9
The Price of Freedom Denied: Religious Persecution and ...
Relying on a new source of coded data for nearly 200 countries and case studies of six countries, the book offers a global profile of religious freedom and religious persecution.
Brian J. Grim, Roger Finke, 2010
10
Persecution, Persuasion and Power: Readiness to Withstand ...
James A. Kelhoffer examines an often overlooked aspect of New Testament constructions of legitimacy, namely the value of Christians' withstanding persecution as a means of corroborating their religious identity as Christ's followers.
James A. Kelhoffer, 2010

10 NEWS ITEMS WHICH INCLUDE THE TERM «PERSECUTION»

Find out what the national and international press are talking about and how the term persecution is used in the context of the following news items.
1
Christians in Middle East facing worst persecution as population …
More Christians are facing religious persecution in the Middle East than at any time since early history, according to a recent study by the Pew ... «ChristianToday, Jul 15»
2
Persecution of Christians a daily experience
This blog has repeatedly drawn its readers' attention to the persecution of Christian around the world. In other countries Christians are not ... «Times of Malta, Jul 15»
3
India showcases the maddening complexity of religious persecution
A “Tribal,” in Indian parlance, means one of the country's native original inhabitants. They're about 9 percent of the population, some 105 ... «Crux: Covering all things Catholic, Jul 15»
4
Falun Gong followers call for an end to persecution at rally in …
Falun Gong members protest the group's persecution in China, at 97 street and 107 Avenue, in Edmonton Alta. on Saturday July 25, 2015. «Edmonton Sun, Jul 15»
5
Religious Persecution On the Rise: Minorities Under Threat in the …
All religious faiths are victims of persecution somewhere. In this supposedly enlightened, tolerant age, people routinely are brutalized, jailed ... «Iran Press Watch, Jul 15»
6
Apologies, the pope and the 12th century seeds of today's persecution
It was this last that secured the condemnation of his sect in 1184, setting the stage for its persecution, waged on and off by the church and ... «News & Observer, Jul 15»
7
Is Lil Wayne A Pot Head Or Medical Marijuana Persecution Victim?
Recently, Lil Wayne has been chastised in the headlines for using marijuana on an airplane. But could there be more to this headline than was ... «The Inquisitr, Jul 15»
8
U.S. State Dept. Bars Christians from Testifying about Persecution
After the [Christian governor] told them [U.S. authorities] that they were ignoring the 12 Shariah states who institutionalized persecution ... he ... «Gatestone Institute, Jul 15»
9
Christians barred from testifying about persecution
(Gatestone) During the height of one of the most brutal months of Muslim persecution of Christians, the U.S. State Department exposed its ... «WND.com, Jul 15»
10
SIMPLY FAITHFUL: Passion and persecution
SIMPLY FAITHFUL: Passion and persecution. I've enjoyed three of Cathy Gohlke's novels and am anxious to read “Secrets She Kept,” which ... «Wicked Local Mattapoisett, Jul 15»

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