persecute

definition: 
Subject (someone) to hostility and ill-treatment, especially because of their race or political or religious beliefs;Harass or annoy (someone) persistently:
sentence: 
We see a dictator using force to repress and persecute his opponents. Last week we witnessed two fine examples of the extent to which anti-smoking zealots will go in order to hound and persecute smokers.
difficulty: 
medium
toefl frequency: 
1
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