Revised as of 4 October 2017
Persecute and prosecute are both negative words. The former is cruel to others while the latter seeks redress from others.
…started as my way of dealing with a professional frustration with properly spelled words that were out of context in manuscripts I was editing as well as books I was reviewing. It evolved into a sharing of information with y’all. I’m hoping you’ll share with us words that have been a bête noir for you from either end.
|Credit to: Apple Dictionary.com|
|Part of Grammar:|
|Verb, transitive||Verb, intransitive & transitive|
Subject (someone) to hostility and ill-treatment, especially because of their race or political or religious beliefs
|You start legal proceedings against someone/thing
Institute legal proceedings against a person or organization
Continue with a course of action with a view to its completion 1
|His followers were persecuted by the authorities.
Hilda was persecuted by some of the other girls.
Bullies persecute others.
The Jews were persecuted to an appalling extent during World War II.
The company didn’t prosecute because of his age.
Mr. Ryan will be prosecuting this morning.
The state’s attorney’s office seemed to decide that this was a case worth prosecuting.
It is a serious threat to the government’s ability to prosecute the war.
I await permission to prosecute my craft.
|Adjective: persecutive, persecutory, nonpersecuting, nonpersecutive, nonpersecutory, unpersecuted, unpersecuting, unpersecutive
Noun: persecutiveness, persecutor
Verb, transitive: overpersecute, overpersecuted, overpersecuting
|History of the Word:|
|Late Middle English from the Old French persecuter, which is from the Latin persecut- meaning followed with hostility, from the verb persequi, which is from per- (through, utterly) + sequi (follow, pursue).||1 Late Middle English is from the Latin prosecut- meaning pursued, accompanied, from the verb prosequi, which is from pro- (onward) + sequi (follow).|
C’mon, get it out of your system, bitch, whine, moan…which words are your pet peeves?