persecute vs prosecute

persecute prosecute


  • 1) To harass with importunity; to pursue with persistent solicitations; to annoy.
  • 2) To pursue in a manner to injure, grieve, or afflict; to beset with cruelty or malignity; to harass; especially, to afflict, harass, punish, or put to death for one's race, sexual identity, adherence to a particular religious creed, or mode of worship.
  • 3) cause to suffer
  • 4) To annoy persistently; bother.
  • 5) To oppress or harass with ill-treatment, especially because of race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, or beliefs.
  • 6) To pursue in a manner to injure, grieve, or afflict; to beset with cruelty or malignity; to harass; especially, to afflict, harass, punish, or put to death, for adherence to a particular religious creed or mode of worship.


  • 1) transitive, law To start civil or criminal proceedings against.
  • 2) transitive, law To charge, try.
  • 3) transitive To pursue something to the end.
  • 4) bring a criminal action against (in a trial)
  • 5) conduct a prosecution in a court of law
  • 6) To initiate or conduct a criminal case against.
  • 7) To pursue (an undertaking, for example) until completion; continue to the very end.
  • 8) To chase or pursue (a vessel).
  • 9) To initiate or conduct legal proceedings.
  • 10) To initiate or conduct (a civil case or legal action).
  • 11) To carry on, engage in, or practice (an occupation or business).
  • 12) To initiate or conduct legal proceedings regarding (an offense, for example).
  • 13) (Law) To institute and carry on a legal prosecution.
  • 14) obsolete To follow after.
  • 15) To seek to obtain by legal process.
  • 16) To follow or pursue with a view to reach, execute, or accomplish; to endeavor to obtain or complete; to carry on; to continue.
  • 17) (Law) To pursue with the intention of punishing; to accuse of some crime or breach of law, or to pursue for redress or punishment, before a legal tribunal; to proceed against judicially.


  • 1) His father was persecuted again when his son decided to enter a seminary.
  • 2) His preaching and presence will surely give immense encouragement to the persecuted Church.
  • 3) Q I feel quite persecuted by my family and friends.
  • 4) And willingness to die for a hallucination one experiences and which happens to reinforce a fraudulent claim made by people one used to persecute, is a third thing.
  • 5) But I do not know anyone who is personally hurt (as opposed to theoretically offended on behalf of theoretical others) by the use of gyp, and (as I put it in the original discussion, when persecution was brought up) "None of the people who persecute the Roma use the word, and none of the people who use the word persecute Roma."
  • 6) Nay, it would show that Jesus has not saved the world, if we can go on and speak of him as an actual existence, born of a virgin and risen from the dead, and in his name persecute one another -- oppose the advance of science, deny freedom of thought, terrorize children and women with pictures of hell-fire and seek to establish a spiritual monopoly in the world, when the evidence in hand seems clearly to indicate that such a person never existed.
  • 7) So for instance a bigot who’s racist or homophobic and who’s told that his actions to discriminate are unacceptable goes on television and says that the people he/she’s trying to persecute is anti-religious …
  • 8) To be persecuted is not wholly a calamity, but to persecute is to do that for which Nature affords no compensation.
  • 9) Now the Greens, the inverts, and the liberals want them hunted down and abolished as a racist group of fascists who want to 'persecute' sodomites.
  • 10) It's really easy to force people to react badly and "persecute" you for your "message" simply by being a jerk.
  • 11) His reasons came from his China service, belief that Nixon was more right than the press&media that was out to hang him ever since he helped "persecute" Hiss and their Hollywood relatives.
  • 12) There was no "working in tandem" between Harvard and the FBI, and no effort to "persecute" him by anyone at Harvard.
  • 13) Here is one triumphant party with arms in their hand, who have only, if they wish, to mark out a victim, and declare his religion and principles as hostile to the state; and, lo! they are at liberty, by their own regulations, to 'persecute' him!
  • 14) ‘She claims she has been persecuted because of her religious beliefs.’
  • 15) ‘We should also be targeting the source of the problem: repressive governments which persecute their own citizens.’
  • 16) ‘We see a dictator using force to repress and persecute his opponents.’
  • 17) ‘Morality demands that the will of the majority should not prevail where a minority is persecuted purely because of religion or race.’
  • 18) ‘For hundreds of years, the Jews have been persecuted in many countries.’
  • 19) ‘The Jews - among other minorities - were persecuted by the Nazis.’
  • 20) ‘One of these is that millions of people around the world die or are severely persecuted for their beliefs.’
  • 21) ‘Both of them were persecuted relentlessly for their beliefs.’
  • 22) ‘Asylum will be given to people who are persecuted for their beliefs.’
  • 23) ‘When persecuted by the government, they have fled to the central highlands from the north.’
  • 24) ‘He was martyred after refusing to persecute Christians and became a patron saint of soldiers.’
  • 25) ‘Besides, almost all of them are already old and they're the last people persecuted for political reasons.’
  • 26) ‘He believes himself unjustly persecuted and discriminated against.’
  • 27) ‘The cultists feel that they are being persecuted unfairly.’
  • 28) ‘Many have been harassed or persecuted in their own countries for political or religious reasons.’
  • 29) ‘During Bulgaria's communist period, his followers were persecuted by the authorities.’
  • 30) ‘The Huguenots were French Protestants who had been persecuted for their faith.’
  • 31) ‘The bond was strengthened because individuals persecuted by the authorities could seek succor and solace from the Church.’
  • 32) ‘Are they being persecuted on the grounds of race?’
  • 33) ‘For three years after DNA evidence proved his innocence, the authorities persisted in persecuting him.’
  • 34) ‘They are doing the opposite by picking on them and by persecuting people more than they have for years.’
  • 35) ‘Last week we witnessed two fine examples of the extent to which anti-smoking zealots will go in order to hound and persecute smokers.’
  • 36) ‘Lone parents, disabled people and the long term unemployed are harried and persecuted.’
  • 37) ‘The persecuted, bullied and misunderstood see a kindred spirit.’
  • 38) ‘They were looked down upon but generally not actively persecuted.’
  • 39) ‘The most common symptom of paranoia is the belief that someone or something is persecuting you.’
  • 40) ‘Local authorities should concentrate on providing services to the public not persecuting honest shopkeepers.’
  • 41) ‘We are not in the business of persecuting our members because the state considers someone guilty.’
  • 42) ‘It's just a pathetic mind game played by town planners who get their kicks by persecuting motorists.’
  • 43) ‘Isn't it disgraceful the way they're persecuting the poor guy?’
  • 44) ‘I hope that you and the people will reserve judgment on me until the newspaper is done persecuting me.’
  • 45) ‘Persecuting the poor guy isn't going to make him feel very good either.’
  • 46) ‘I have the greatest admiration for the man and there is no question of persecuting him.’
  • 47) ‘Totalitarian governments love these kind of laws that make everyone a potential criminal, so that authorities can legally justify persecuting anyone they don't like.’
  • 48) ‘We are not out for prosecution or persecuting people, we just want people to see reason we want them to adhere to the speed limit.’
  • 49) ‘The moral is: persecuting farmers is not the way to have lower food prices, nor is it the way to make farm income lower than other forms of income.’
  • 50) ‘In July, he confronted her about the investigation, accusing her of persecuting him, and demanding to know how she had any right to continue the investigation.’


  • 1) Were the police trying to catch this woman, and prosecute her, or was poor Todd just going to have to sit it out?
  • 2) I forget the proper order of things... But they tried to prosecute.
  • 3) A good and proper result from the courts for a change, the CPS decision to prosecute is at best very suspect. on March 31, 2010 at 8: 38 pm RD
  • 4) Now you want to say that the decision to prosecute is Holder's decision, and his alone.
  • 5) Now, America sees all the more glaringly your integrity faults ... and once you're out of the nomination race and the courts can once again prosecute you ... we'll see it even further.
  • 6) Now, America sees all the more glaringly your integrity faults … and once you're out of the nomination race and the courts can once again prosecute you … we'll see it even further.
  • 7) As I pointed out, the decision to prosecute is independent of the decision to compel testimony (the North case notwithstanding; there they screwed the process up).
  • 8) ‘If these things had happened solely in the private sector, the members of the cartel would have been prosecuted under the Trade Practices Act.’
  • 9) ‘In theory drivers could also be prosecuted for carrying passengers who are not wearing a seatbelt, meaning that in a normal car more than three back-seat passengers would be an offence.’
  • 10) ‘Not one worker or trade union has been prosecuted.’
  • 11) ‘In fact she could be prosecuted under the Trade Descriptions Act.’
  • 12) ‘Alan Fairhurst, prosecuting, said trading standards officers carried out authenticity tests on drinks purchased in the pub.’
  • 13) ‘I wonder if those of us prosecuted for refusing to carry one will be offered trial by jury?’
  • 14) ‘Since 2001 Swindon Trading Standards officers have prosecuted 10 businesses, which resulted in £40,000 fines.’
  • 15) ‘It is an issue which we take very seriously, and we will continue to prosecute offenders to the full extent of the law.’
  • 16) ‘But he notes that medical cannabis growers around the state continue to be prosecuted by local, state, and federal authorities.’
  • 17) ‘The penalty is hardly much of a deterrent and the few who are prosecuted generally continue to practise elsewhere.’
  • 18) ‘The local government would then still have the ability to close and prosecute a sub-standard establishment, and control the location and number of such places in their area.’
  • 19) ‘She said several people were successfully prosecuted for breaches.’
  • 20) ‘We will investigate crime and narrow the justice gap so more offenders are successfully prosecuted.’
  • 21) ‘Will the alleged perpetrator be prosecuted to the full extent of the law?’
  • 22) ‘Can he or she be criminally prosecuted for cruelty to animals?’
  • 23) ‘When caught, they will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.’
  • 24) ‘Offenders of intellectual property violations will be prosecuted to the full extent of the law.’
  • 25) ‘The authority has pledged to prosecute anyone responsible.’
  • 26) ‘There was also a nationwide increase in the number of people prosecuted for animal cruelty.’
  • 27) ‘They will be prosecuted under section 87 and 88 of the Environmental Protection Act 1990.’
  • 28) ‘This is a case of an omission or omissions by the appellants as the respondent's solicitors: the failure to prosecute his claim with due diligence which led to his counterclaim being struck out.’
  • 29) ‘The Judge hearing any such application will be in a better position than I am to take stock of the Claimant and her prospects of actually prosecuting this claim before the court.’
  • 30) ‘The Law Reform Commission recommended that the offences be prosecuted summarily.’
  • 31) ‘As to the procedural merits, persons wishing to engage the jurisdiction of the Court must prosecute their claims with due diligence and speed.’
  • 32) ‘Universal jurisdiction entitles a state to prosecute an offence even in the absence of any connection based on nationality, territory, or the protective principle.’
  • 33) ‘If, for example, the plaintiff has been guilty of unreasonable delay in prosecuting his claim, the court may decline to award interest for the full period from the date of loss.’
  • 34) ‘Petty property crime, by far the most commonly prosecuted offence from the eighteenth century onwards, has also been perpetrated in the main by young men.’
  • 35) ‘To prevent a party who is entitled to some recovery from incurring costs prosecuting a claim for an excessive amount, a defendant may acknowledge liability for an amount less than that claimed.’
  • 36) ‘Both Plaintiffs lacked any capacity to prosecute this Claim.’
  • 37) ‘Does the world want to indict and prosecute crimes against humanity?’
  • 38) ‘The result is, that it may be some time before courts are in a position to prosecute these offences and they make take a long time for the police to complete investigations.’
  • 39) ‘As a matter of law and as a matter of discretion, I think that justice requires the claimant, if it wishes further to prosecute its new claims, to do so in a fresh action.’
  • 40) ‘The claimant concedes that in the ordinary way a company cannot recover by way of costs any payment for the time of its employees engaged in investigating or prosecuting its claim.’
  • 41) ‘He pledged to carry on pursuing and prosecuting persistent noise nuisances.’
  • 42) ‘North Yorkshire's trading standards have already prosecuted in four cases, which resulted in fines for breaching regulations.’
  • 43) ‘Defamation continued to be prosecuted in the church courts over the course of the sixteenth century, and the volume of cases increased rather dramatically.’
  • 44) ‘Would you say this case was prosecuted vigorously, and if so, why?’
  • 45) ‘There were complaints that the Supreme Cassation Prosecution led by the Chief Prosecutor failed to vigorously prosecute serious criminal cases.’
  • 46) ‘The U.S. attorney prosecuting that case has indicated that she may seek the death penalty.’
  • 47) ‘So what are we seeing the police prosecuting in the courts?’
  • 48) ‘And the administration says, this is the reason it continues to prosecute the war and continues to try to pour more resources into intelligence.’
  • 49) ‘Certainly, there was a recognition that we'd need to rebuild stuff that we broke in the course of prosecuting the war.’
  • 50) ‘Or does he believe that a bold enough feint will allow him to continue to prosecute this war with his original plan?’
  • 51) ‘From the media, governments want fair, consistent, non-exploitive treatment that appreciates the complexity of prosecuting a modern war.’
  • 52) ‘Revenues from oil exports, which began in August 1999, bolster its ability to prosecute the war and even develop its own arms industry.’
  • 53) ‘Even so, it continues to prosecute its own campaign against police methodology.’
  • 54) ‘We need them to convince us that they have a firm, agreed and coherent strategy for continuing to prosecute the odyssey upon which they have embarked.’
  • 55) ‘And he is not - Roosevelt could prosecute that war and obviously did it effectively.’
  • 56) ‘Churchill, early in the war, sent a memo to his top commanders asking them to deliver to him that same afternoon, on one side of a standard sheet of paper, their plans for prosecuting the war in Europe.’
  • 57) ‘They want us all to do the convenient thing and quietly forget that those weapons were the primary apparent motive for prosecuting the war.’
  • 58) ‘We were also fearful that the governments prosecuting this war would not be doing an official count themselves.’
  • 59) ‘For more than a year, he bravely stood against popular opinion and in favor of prosecuting the war.’
  • 60) ‘Eighty-eight men died prosecuting his war and he didn't know the number.’
  • 61) ‘Those prosecuting the war, in the name of freedom, must keep that cause before them at all times.’
  • 62) ‘But also bear in mind another important lesson of history - unpopular or barely popular wars can still be prosecuted successfully.’
  • 63) ‘And I like the idea that because we had intelligence failings, we shouldn't have prosecuted the war.’
  • 64) ‘And this war is being prosecuted with one different economic variable.’
  • 65) ‘If they had wanted to punish those who had prosecuted the war, that was their chance.’

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