Synonyms of persecute in English:


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See Spanish definition of perseguir


1‘no one should be persecuted for their religious beliefs’

oppress, abuse, victimize, ill-treat, mistreat, maltreat, discriminate against, punish, inflict pain on, inflict suffering on, tyrannize, afflict, torment, torture, martyr

2‘she complained of being persecuted by the press’

harass, hound, plague, badger, harry, bait, intimidate, pick on, trouble, molest, tease, pester, bother, worry, annoy, bedevil, bully, victimize, terrorize
North American devil
informal hassle, give someone a hard time, get on someone's back, make it hot for someone, make things hot for someone, get the knife into, stick the knife into
Australian informal heavy