1. persecution

Today we are going to learn “persecution”. It is cruel and unfair treatment of a person or group, especially because of their religious or political beliefs, or their race.
eg:
(1) Russian police detained activists protesting the persecution of gay men in Chechnya.
(2) The Pew Research Center noted in a recent report that global religious persecution spiked from 2014 to 2015.

2. activate

Another word is “activate”. It means to make an electrical system or chemical process start working.
eg:
(1) Google activated a line of servers in Cuba, becoming the first foreign company to provide online content in the country.
(2) The Kansas emergency operation center has been partially activated in response to a severe winter storm system.

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