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Everyone knows about the persecution of the Jews by the Nazis.
  bad and unfair treatment of others — usually because of race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, or political beliefs
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persecution persecutions
Standard suffix:  The suffix, "tion" converts the verb persecute to a noun.
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  • Everyone knows about the persecution of the Jews by the Nazis.
  • In that country non-Muslims are persecuted by law.
  • And some of you have come from areas where your quest—quest for freedom left you battered by the storms of persecution and staggered by the winds of police brutality.
    Martin Luther King, Jr.  --  I Have a Dream
  • Lip-lip had selected White Fang for his special object of persecution.
    Jack London  --  White Fang

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  • The Russians persecuted heresy more cruelly than the Inquisition had done.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • Over here we don’t believe in persecuting anybody.
    Harper Lee  --  To Kill a Mockingbird
  • He, whose persecutions had been the cause of my sin!
    Harriet Jacobs  --  Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl
  • Spoken by a member of a despised and persecuted race.
    Rick Yancey  --  The 5th Wave
  • Then whoever is persecuting them, and all those who tacitly support this persecution, would realize that to persecute them would mean persecuting at least 10 percent of the population—including their sons, daughters, neighbors and friends—even their own parents.
    Dave Eggers  --  The Circle
  • Since I know it is all for Christ’s good, I am quite content with my weaknesses and with insults, hardships, persecutions and calamities.
    Bryan Stevenson  --  Just Mercy

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  • Obadiah hid the prophets from persecution.
    Susan Ee  --  Angelfall
  • Reynie was in the reading room again, the only place in the orphanage where he could be assured of solitude (no one else ever ventured into it) and freedom from persecution.
    Trenton Lee Stewart  --  The Mysterious Benedict Society
  • Feeling persecuted from all sides, the O’Learys eventually sold their property and fled the area.
    Jim Murphy  --  The Great Fire
  • It had been our fervent hope that somehow the Nazis would come to their senses and the persecution would stop.
    Leon Leyson  --  The Boy on the Wooden Box
  • Quang-ha has a real persecution complex, which is no doubt legitimate.
    Holly Goldberg Sloan  --  Counting by 7s
  • If the country was better for the movement that persecuted me, I was still in favor of it.
    Ji-Li Jiang  --  Red Scarf Girl
  • The killing brings doom upon his ship, conveying the message that those looking for refuge shouldn’t be persecuted, as they may often bring good fortune.
    Joshua Davis  --  Spare Parts
  • Oscar was feeling persecuted, refused to discuss the subject further, and lowered his head as a sign that he had ended his participation in the discussion.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Water is Wide
  • But how could we know, how in the Holland of 1939 could we have guessed, that it was not in the shop where we could observe him but in the streets and alleys outside that Otto was subjecting Christoffels to a very real, small persecution.
    Corrie Ten Boom  --  The Hiding Place
  • And it was here, as I say, that his punishing callousness turned into outright persecution.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • Americans just persecute smaller countries that believe different from them.
    Donna Tartt  --  The Goldfinch
  • For these reasons, among others, they carried about an air of innate resistance, even of persecution.
    Arthur Miller  --  The Crucible
  • All the shame and persecution he went through as a child. he vowed no child of his would go through it.
    Orson Scott Card  --  Ender’s Game
  • My father, Mahafud, was born in Argentina after his Christian family fled religious persecution in Syria.
    Sonia Nazario  --  Enrique’s Journey
  • Once the persecution began, his work slowly dried up.
    Markus Zusak  --  The Book Thief
  • Getting a persecution mania, Alvah?
    Ayn Rand  --  The Fountainhead
  • What can it mean, this relentless persecution?
    Arthur Conan Doyle  --  The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
  • It has always been against the policy of despotic governments to suffer the victims of their persecutions to reappear.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • They built this castle together, far from prying Muggle eyes, for it was an age when magic was feared by common people, and witches and wizards suffered much persecution.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
  • ’I’m not going to endure the persecutions of your hospitable ancestors again.
    Emily Bronte  --  Wuthering Heights
  • _ I honor those good men and women for their noble daring, and applaud them for willingly subjecting themselves to bloody persecution, by openly avowing their participation in the escape of slaves.
    Frederick Douglass  --  The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass
  • Her friendship was a fatal sign which called down persecution.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Three Musketeers
  • Even the thought of persecution left him undismayed, was rather tonic than depressing.
    Aldous Huxley  --  Brave New World
  • The Bantu, Feltz learned, would be living in the same complexes as many of the ethnic groups that historically had persecuted them.
    Warren St. John  --  Outcasts United
  • It seemed that after centuries of persecution, science had bitten back.
    Dan Brown  --  Angels & Demons
  • But Root always singled her out for persecution.
    Eoin Colfer  --  Artemis Fowl
  • One thing only appears to be certain, and that is that Mr. James Desmond, who is the next heir, is an elderly gentleman of a very amiable disposition, so that this persecution does not arise from him.
    Arthur Conan Doyle  --  The Hound of the Baskervilles
  • Ichabod became the object of whimsical persecution to Bones and his gang of rough riders.
    Washington Irving  --  The Legend of Sleepy Hollow
  • That if ever it is carried out, it will be in the face of every obstacle that wealth and mastership can oppose—in the face of ridicule and slander, of hatred and persecution, of the bludgeon and the jail?
    Upton Sinclair  --  The Jungle
  • This was in the thirteenth century, during a time when the Jews of western Europe, especially in Germany, were going through terrible persecutions.
    Chaim Potok  --  The Chosen
  • By 1937 the persecution of the Jews had been going on for several years, and Edith’s mother had begged Lobach for help.
    Stieg Larsson  --  The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
  • My ancestors arrived in the Solo-Khumbu region fleeing from persecution in the lowlands.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into Thin Air
  • I was keenly surprised and disappointed years later to learn of their acts of persecution that make us tingle with shame, even while we glory in the courage and energy that gave us our "Country Beautiful."
    Helen Keller  --  Story of My Life
  • They were not, by and large, stupid people, and many had had first-hand experience of such persecution.
    Stephen King  --  Misery
  • That upon a quarrel among us, I was set on shore on this coast, where I walked forward, without knowing whither, till he delivered me from the persecution of those execrable Yahoos.
    Jonathan Swift  --  Gulliver’s Travels
  • Baby Suggs died shortly after the brothers left, with no interest whatsoever in their leave-taking or hers, and right afterward Sethe and Denver decided to end the persecution by calling forth the ghost that tried them so.
    Toni Morrison  --  Beloved
  • Alone Pepita stood out against them and suffered a persecution of small discomforts and practical jokes.
    Thornton Wilder  --  The Bridge of San Luis Rey
  • Shall tribulation or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril or sword?
    Ron Suskind  --  A Hope in the Unseen
  • After hours of persistent pursuit and persecution, the little prince was at last deserted by the rabble and left to himself.
    Mark Twain  --  The Prince and The Pauper
  • Now whenever things are so that a lot of people feel they ought to be doing something, the weak, and those who go weak with a lot of complicated thinking, always make for a sort of do-nothing religion, very pious and superior, and submit to persecution and the will of the Lord.
    H.G. Wells  --  The War of the Worlds
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