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Persecut-, Persecucio(u)n(e, n. Also: persequut-, -secuss-, parsecut- and -yo(w)n(e; persecucoune. [ME. and e.m.E. persecucyon, parsecucion (Rolle), persecucioun (Wyclif), OF. persecution, -cucion, -quucion (1190 in Greimas).]

1. The action of pursuing, dealing hostilely with, harassment, oppression, or persecution. b. A specific instance of this.Freq., esp. in early use, in the phr. mak (a) persecutioun, variously const.(1) 1375 Barb. iv. 5.
His fayis … throw thar … powste Maid sic a persecucioune … On thaim [etc.]
a1400 Leg. S. xxxiii. 364.
He mad sic persecucione That … gert he sla [20,000]
c1420 Wynt. v. 1102.
He made gret persecutyown Off Crystyn men
Ib. 2234.
Decyus … made gret persecutyowne Agayne Crystyn men
Ib. 1220.
1456 Hay I. 44/20.
The king Nabugadonosor … maid grete persecucioun apon the kingis of Joury
1490 Irland Mir. I. 161/34. 1572-5 Diurn. Occurr. 143.
My Lord of Huntlie maid greit persequutioun vpone thame that adherit to the kingis obedience
(2) c1420 Wynt. v. 1177.
Throuch his persecutyown Mony sufferyd … ded throuch martyry
1456 Hay I. 10/18.
Na the haly kirk has bene in grete persecucioun
1530 Rec. Earld. Orkney 212.
Fre fra all molestatioun inquietatioun and persecussioun of ony personis quhatsumeuir
1533 Bell. Livy I. 115/1.
Pepill quhilkis … list defend the barnis fra maist persecucioun of the fader
a1538 Abell 26 a.
Domycian … rasit the … sicund persecutioun of Haly Kirk
Ib. 9* a.
1562-3 Winȝet I. 67/3.
In tyme of persequutioun
1558-66 Knox I. 50.
Gif … dredour of persequutioun … had moved me to departe [etc.]
Ib. II. 330.
Sche had receaved letteris that persecutioun was begun agane in France
c1590 Fowler II. 42/29. 1596 Dalr. I. 167/15.(b) 1549 Compl. 123/25.
That ther can na thing be eikkyt to my parsecutione bot cruel dede
(3) 1517–18 Acta Conc. Publ. Aff. 115.
And to … help … the Erle of Ergile in the persecutioun of the said traitour
1533 Boece ii. xi. 79 b.
His sonnys declynyng persecucioun of the confederatis be freyndis war convoyit to Ireland
(4) c1420 Wynt. v. 3420.
Paule and Jhone thare passyowne Tholyt wndyr hys persecutyowne

2. (Legal) prosecution a. of, also agayne, a person, b. (of an action at law), c. of a legal claim (to (of) a property etc.). d. Also, an instance of these.a., b. 1456 Hay I. 166/11.
Quhethir aw I to mak persecucioun agayne him in jugement
1489–90 Acta Conc. I. 129/1.
Nain of thaim … to mak … persecucioune … of the said mater at the court of Rome
1545 Reg. Privy S. III. 193/1.
Sauffand the persecutioun of the caus befor the juge spirituall
c. 1466–7 Aberd. B. Rec. MS. V. i. 590 (19 Jan.).
That he purposis him to mak persecucoune of his gudis tane fra him … out of his schip in Inglande
1501–2 Charter (Reg. H.) No. 642.
Adam to decist fra … persecucioun of the sadis landis
1540 Linlithgow B. Ct. 10 Nov.
To persew and follow Robart Cuthtill anent the clame of ane hay stak quhilk clame and persecution he followit and persewit the said Robart befor
d. 1493 Acts II. 233/1.
Exhorting … thame to leif … thair pleyis persecutiounis and litigatiounis

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