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persecution
used in Moby Dick

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very bad and unfair treatment of others — usually because of race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, or political beliefs
  • Retreating not the thousandth part of an inch; stabbing him in the eye with the unflinching poniard of his glance, Steelkilt, clenching his right hand behind him and creepingly drawing it back, told his persecutor that if the hammer but grazed his cheek he (Steelkilt) would murder him.
    Chapters 52-54 — The Albatross; The Gam; The Town-Ho's Story (51% in)
  • Hearing the tremendous rush of the sea-crashing boat, the whale wheeled round to present his blank forehead at bay; but in that evolution, catching sight of the nearing black hull of the ship; seemingly seeing in it the source of all his persecutions; bethinking it—it may be—a larger and nobler foe; of a sudden, he bore down upon its advancing prow, smiting his jaws amid fiery showers of foam.
    Chapters 133-135 — The Chase—First Day; The Chase—Second Day; The Chase—Third Day (88% in)

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