by Kitty Nash
"Persecute" means to subject a person or group to persistent ill treatment. Example: People tend to persecute teenagers for their different styles.
"Prosecute" means to pursue, carry out, or bring a lawsuit against a person or group. Example: The court will prosecute anyone who breaks the law.
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- Click the word that correctly completes each sentence.
- We shall (persecute) (prosecute) our plan for social justice.
- The government will (persecute) (prosecute) a person who has broken the law.
- Are these countries continuing to (persecute) (prosecute) that war?
- Throughout our history, it is possible to identify racial groups who have been subjected to (persecution) (prosecution).
- It is a violation of the law for any social group to systematically (persecute) (prosecute) another social group.
- A jury trial ends when the (persecution) (prosecution) rests.
- Have you been (persecuted) (prosecuted) for your beliefs?
- I can only be (persecuted) (prosecuted) for my acts of wrong doing – not for my beliefs.
- Their followers were (persecuted) (prosecuted) by the authorities for years.
- Caroline was (persecuted) (prosecuted) by some of the girls in her class.