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What is another word for persecuting?

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To be irritating or upsetting, typically with repeated or unpleasant acts
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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.”
Present participle for to oppress or domineer (someone) with one's authority
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“Giving one man all the power was bound to corrupt him and inflate his desires, leading him to follow his every whim and to persecute his subjects.”
Present participle for to cause anguish or distress to, typically with ill-treatment
“My job was not to persecute people for blasphemous advances of the sciences, or for heretical religious teachings.”
Present participle for to bully or threaten, especially by causing others to feel frightened
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Present participle for to mistreat or do an injustice to
Present participle for to treat badly, cruelly, or violently
Present participle for to criticize, especially with insulting language
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