Per`se*cu"tion (?), n. [F. pers'ecution, L. persecutio.]

1.

The act or practice of persecuting; especially, the infliction of loss, pain, or death for adherence to a particular creed or mode of worship.

Persecution produces no sincere conviction. Paley.

2.

The state or condition of being persecuted.

Locke.

3.

A carrying on; prosecution.

[Obs.]

 

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