persecute vs prosecute : Common Errors in English

About persecute vs prosecute

When you persecute someone, you’re treating them badly, whether theydeserve it or not; but only legal officers can prosecute someone for acrime.

persecute Meaning(s)

  • (v) cause to suffer

prosecute Meaning(s)

  • (v) conduct a prosecution in a court of law
  • (v) bring a criminal action against (in a trial)
  • (v) carry out or participate in an activity; be involved in

persecute in News

  1. Rep. Mo Brooks says President Obama 'has breached the public's trust' (video)

    Speaking on the floor of the House of Representatives, Brooks cited examples he said demonstrate that the White House persecute those with differing points of view.
    on June 13, 2013 Source: Mobile Press-Register

  2. A British Haven for Academic Refugees

    The Council for Assisting Refugee Academics, now 80 years old, has been helping the persecuted since the rise of the Nazis before World War II.
    on June 9, 2013 Source: New York Times

prosecute in News

  1. Tacoma to prosecute anyone making 'rogue crosswalks'

    TACOMA, Wash. -- The City of Tacoma plans to prosecute anyone caught making a rogue crosswalk after five popped up recently. The group behind them, “Citizens for a Safer Tacoma,” believes breaking the law is a risk it’s willing to take to save lives. According to Tacoma police, traffic incidents have spiked in the area. At least 15 members of the group have been hit by cars. They went to the ...
    on June 13, 2013 Source: KING5 Seattle

  2. Concealed carry bill: Illinois prosector 'goes rogue,' allows concealed carry

    An Illinois prosecutor is refusing to prosecute carriers of concealed weapons in his county, even though the governor is still weighing the bill that would allow concealed carry statewide. The attorney’s announcement puts him amongst a burgeoning crop of local officials nationwide who are "going rogue" in civil disobedience efforts against mounting calls for greater gun control.
    on June 13, 2013 Source: Christian Science Monitor via Yahoo! News

  3. Senate Dems differ on ways to prosecute military sexual assaults

    WASHINGTON, June 12 (UPI) -- Sen. Carl Levin said he would offer a plan requiring senior U.S. military officers to review decisions to prosecute sexual assault cases in the military.
    on June 13, 2013 Source: UPI

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