• Persecution



    From Late Latin persecūtio ("chase, pursuit"), from Latin persequor ("follow up, pursue"), from -("through") + sequor("follow").

    Full definition of persecution



    1. The act of persecuting.
    2. A program or campaign to subjugate or eliminate a specific group of people, often based on race, religion, sexuality, or social beliefs.
      • 2012, Jan Sapp, Race Finished, Few concepts are as emotionally charged as that of race. The word conjures up a mixture of associations—culture, ethnicity, genetics, subjugation, exclusion and persecution. But is the tragic history of efforts to define groups of people by race really a matter of the misuse of science, the abuse of a valid biological concept?
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