persecution

Definitions:

The act or practice of persecuting; the state of being persecuted.
- Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914. (noun) (n.) (noun)
Persecutor.
- The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919. (noun) (n.) (noun)
The act of harassing or punishing another unjustly; the act of afflicting or destroying on account of adherence to a particular creed.
- Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874. (noun) (n.) (noun)
The act of ill- treating unjustly; the state of being ill- treated unjustly.
- The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919. (noun) (n.) (noun)
Act or practice of persecuting: state of being persecuted.
- The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899. (noun) (n.) (noun)

Usage examples:

I was curious to know how far superstition and persecution can go in our day.
- Entire PG Edition of The Works of William Dean Howells by William Dean Howells
Why talk of religious persecution
- A History of the Four Georges, Volume I (of 4) by Justin McCarthy
Blessed are the poor in spirit, and those that suffer persecution for righteousness' sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
- Companion to the Bible by E. P. Barrows