Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Persecuted?

This is in response to Personal Failure's blog and specifically this post.

persecution - n.
1. The act or practice of persecuting on the basis of race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, or beliefs that differ from those of the persecutor.
2. The condition of being persecuted.

persecute - tr.v., -cut·ed, -cut·ing, -cutes.
1. To oppress or harass with ill-treatment, especially because of race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, or beliefs.
2. To annoy persistently; bother.

oppress - tr.v., -pressed, -press·ing, -press·es.
1. To keep down by severe and unjust use of force or authority: a people who were oppressed by tyranny.
2. To weigh heavily on: Poverty oppresses the spirit.
3. Obsolete. To overwhelm or crush.

harass - tr.v., -rassed, -rass·ing, -rass·es.
1. To irritate or torment persistently.
2. To wear out; exhaust.
3. To impede and exhaust (an enemy) by repeated attacks or raids.

If it weren't for that persistently thing the second and least used definition might work for most Christians' definition of the word.

3 comments:

PersonalFailure said...

Now I get it- if "bothering" is equal to "persecuting" then heck, I'm pretty much persecuted every waking moment by everyone: my dog, my hubby, my bosses, my coworkers, clients, telemarketers . . . the list is endless.

BeamStalk said...

Exactly! Now you understand and can claim persecution yourself!

ImtheRabbit said...

I persecute myself all the time :P