Misused Words

Persecute and Prosecute

Persecute, a verb, means to oppress or put to death, usually because of religion, politics, or race.

During the Second World War the Jews were persecuted by Hitler.

Prosecute, a verb, means to bring a lawsuit against someone in a court of law.

The law clearly states that intoxicated drivers will be prosecuted.
Practice

Choose the correct answer for each of the two practice sentences below by clicking on the correct answer.

(1) The government will (persecute, prosecute) you if you do not pay your taxes.

(2) The Crusaders were instructed to (persecute, prosecute) the infidels during the trip to the Holy Land.

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