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Pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you.

With your lying tongue you have changed her into a demon to persecute me!

If they have hated me they will hate you also; if they have persecuted me they will persecute you.'

They may beat me and persecute me, but I will never deny my God.

Badges of honor; since to be persecuted is nobler than to persecute.

Teach him that it is better to be persecuted than to persecute.

Was this the woman he had had the effrontery to persecute, to annoy?

We have saved the human race, and you persecute us for doing it.'

The only question is: In whose hands is the power to persecute?

Soon the people began to persecute Ignatius and his companions.

WORD ORIGIN

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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