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To harass or annoy (someone) persistently
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“Last week we witnessed two fine examples of the extent to which anti-smoking zealots will go in order to hound and persecute smokers.”
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To cause anguish or distress to
“They have been persecuted for their beliefs.”
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To bully or threaten, especially by causing others to feel frightened
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To mistreat or do an injustice to
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To inflict emotional or physical harm or distress upon
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Punish severely
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To verbally criticize harshly, especially with insulting language
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