English - Etymology
From Middle French prosecution, from Late Latin prÅsecutio, from Latin prÅsequor (âfollow, pursueâ), from pro- (âonwardâ) + sequor (âfollowâ) (English sequel). Compare persecution, and see more at prosecute.
English - Pronunciation
- IPA(key): /ËpÉ¹É.sÉËkju.ÊÉn/
English - Noun
- The act of prosecuting a scheme or endeavor.
(law) The institution of legal proceedings
(particularly criminal) against a person.
1893, Walter Besant, The Ivory Gate, Prologue:
- Such a scandal as the prosecution of a brother for forgeryâwith a verdict of guiltyâis a most truly horrible, deplorable, fatal thing. It takes the respectability out of a family perhaps at a critical moment, when the family is just assuming the robes of respectability: [â¦] it is a black spot which all the soaps ever advertised could never wash off.
- 1893, Walter Besant, The Ivory Gate, Prologue:
- (law) The prosecuting party.