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persecute (one) for (something)

To harass, oppress, or torment one based on some reasoning, evidence, or justification. Often used in passive constructions. Our group has been persecuted for our religion in this country for years. The current administration is persecuting us for joining the opposition party.
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persecute someone for something

to harass or repress someone for something. They were persecuting the native people for being underdeveloped. They were persecuted for being simple and unsuspecting.
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But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you and persecute you.
love your enemies, pray for those who persecute you" (Mt 5:44), are the Word of God.
If they persecuted me, they will also persecute you.
IWOULD never persecute anyone for their beliefs, especially Christians, as I've been persecuted most of my life, because of my sexuality.
There's a cynicism out there, Cynicism is winning over idealism right now" - Actor George Clooney "You stand a better chance of earnest representation if you are a hedgehog than if you are a persecuted Christian" Former Tory Minister Ann Widdecombe, above, accuses the Prime Minister of not being tough on foreign governments which persecute Christians "You should not change history in order to titillate" Actor Edward Fox, who did not attend the premiere of W.
Even if they did, what right have we to persecute them when farmers, supermarkets and consumers waste millions of tons of food every year?
The L A County district attorney Steve Cooley was quoted by the Daily Express as saying: "I don't persecute anybody and it's a matter of court processes being concluded.
Indeed, all too often the adherents of one religion have seen it as their religious duty to persecute those of a different religion - and all in the name of the same God.
Those that introduce the New Age into their religious orders and persecute those that are faithful to the teachings of Christ and his Church are really practical atheists.
Ten years from now religious broadcaster Pat Robertson should begin his television program with a stern rebuke to anyone who uses Leviticus to persecute gays or lesbians.
The ascent of Constantine (the nature of his "conversion" is discussed below) marked Christianity's transition from a persecuted religion to a state-supported religion in position to persecute others and to seek the Emperor's intervention in doctrinal disputes.
Which candidate calls for denying Most Favored Nation trading status to China, saying: "We've got a $60 billion trade deficit with Chinese Communists who persecute Tibetans, persecute Christians, persecute political dissidents .
Blessed are you when people revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account.
Jesus said to his disciples, "Before [the end] happens, however, they will seize and persecute you, they will hand you over to the synagogues and to prisons, and they will have you led before kings and governors because of my name.