Persecutor



[pur-si-kyoot] /ˈpɜr sɪˌkyut/

verb (used with object), persecuted, persecuting.
1.
to pursue with harassing or oppressive treatment, especially because of religious or political beliefs, ethnic or racial origin, gender identity, or sexual orientation.
2.
to annoy or trouble persistently.
/ˈpɜːsɪˌkjuːt/
verb (transitive)
1.
to oppress, harass, or maltreat, esp because of race, religion, etc
2.
to bother persistently
n.

early 15c., from Anglo-French persecutour, Old French persecutor “persecutor, enemy” (12c., Modern French persécuteur), from Latin persecutor, agent noun from persequi (see persecution).
v.

mid-15c., “to oppress for the holding of a belief or opinion,” from Middle French persécuter “pursue, torment, open legal action” (14c.), from Latin persecutus, past participle of persequi “to pursue” (see persecution). Related: Persecuted; persecuting.

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