The correct answer is harass.
The correct answer is (B) To harass (persistently), to oppress because of religious or political beliefs, etc.; to pursue with enmity; to oppress with injury or punishment, to worry; to importune; to cause to suffer; to vex; to trouble; to annoy.
Persecute comes from French persÚcuter, Latin persequi (to pursue).
Examples of use:
- Throughout history, many peoples have been persecuted.
- She felt that she was unfairly persecuted for her stand on gay Iraq.