A Christian Dirce, by Henryk Siemiradzki. A Christian woman is martyred under Nero in this re-enactment of the myth of Dirce (painting by Henryk Siemiradzki, 1897, National Museum, Warsaw).

Persecution is the mistreatment (bad treatment) of an individual or group by another group.[1] People can be persecuted for any reasons; it is usually because of their religion, ethnicity, politics, sexuality, gender or gender identity.

Religious persecution originally meant chasing after people of a religion in order to kill them all. Nowadays it often just means discrimination.


  1. "Persecution - Definition and More from the Free Merriam-Webster Dictionary". Retrieved 2011-11-01.

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