Learn how to say Persecute correctly in English with this tutorial pronunciation video.
Oxford dictionary definition of the word persecute:
subject (someone) to hostility and ill-treatment, especially because of their race or political or religious beliefs:
his followers were persecuted by the authorities
harass or annoy (someone) persistently:
Hilda was persecuted by some of the other girls
late Middle English: from Old French persecuter, from Latin persecut- ‘followed with hostility’, from the verb persequi, from per- ‘through, utterly’ + sequi ‘follow, pursue’