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persecution
used in A Prayer for Owen Meany

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Definition
very bad and unfair treatment of others — usually because of race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, or political beliefs
  • "THIS UNJUST IMPOSITION ENCOURAGES RELIGIOUS PERSECUTION," said The Voice; Owen saw signs. of anti-Catholicism springing up everywhere.
    p. 307.0
  • There was something about Mrs. Meany's obdurate self-imprisonment that smacked of religious persecution—if not eternal damnation.
    p. 31.1
  • I suppose the conversion of St. Paul has a special effect on a convert like me: And how can I not think of Owen—when I read Paul's letter to the Galatians, that part where Paul says, "And I was still not known by sight to the churches of Christ in Judea; they only heard it said, 'He who once persecuted us is now preaching the faith he once tried to destroy.'
    p. 87.6
  • "Blessed are you when men revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account," Jesus says.
    p. 148.2
  • Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for so men persecuted the prophets who were before you.
    p. 148.3
  • ...Church Nativity When I suggested that his response to their presence in the congregation had been radical and severe, he dismissed me in a fashion he'd perfected— by forgiving me for what I couldn't be expected to know, and what he would never explain to me: that old UNSPEAKABLE OUTRAGE that the Catholics had perpetrated, and his parents' inability to rise above what amounted to the RELIGIOUS PERSECUTION they had suffered; yet it was my opinion that Owen was persecuting his parents.
    p. 240.0
  • ...Church Nativity When I suggested that his response to their presence in the congregation had been radical and severe, he dismissed me in a fashion he'd perfected— by forgiving me for what I couldn't be expected to know, and what he would never explain to me: that old UNSPEAKABLE OUTRAGE that the Catholics had perpetrated, and his parents' inability to rise above what amounted to the RELIGIOUS PERSECUTION they had suffered; yet it was my opinion that Owen was persecuting his parents.
    p. 240.1
  • Why they accepted such persecution was a mystery to me.
    p. 240.1
  • Yet the nuns, in a fury that only religious persecution can account for, would attack us; their pursuit was erratic, their shrieks like the cries of bats surprised by sunlight—Owen and I had no trouble outrunning them.
    p. 275.9

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