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.
(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.
(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.