harass


harass
01. The secretary complained to her boss that one of the men in the office was [harassing] her.
02. Sexual [harassment] in the workplace is an important issue in our society.
03. The police were accused of [harassing] the suspect by following him around, and questioning his friends and associates without reason.
04. My boss is always [harassing] me, saying I'm not dedicated to my job just because I don't like to work overtime.
05. Her complaints of [harassment] resulted in the firing of a man in the office.
06. Gay couples in the community allege that they are constantly being [harassed] by young men who threaten them, and shout at them when they are out in public.
07. Representatives of minority groups in the city say that they have been the target of [harassment] by police.
08. My neighbor is always [harassing] me about my kids, saying they make too much noise, and that they scare his cat by running around.
09. I was feeling [harassed] for a while at work because I simply had too much to do, and too little time to do it.
10. The teacher is always [harassing] him, and accusing him of things he hasn't done.
11. Unless you are going to lay charges against me, this constant surveillance amounts to nothing more than [harassment].
12. A new municipal bylaw forbids panhandlers from [harassing] people for change.
13. The President looked tired and [harassed] when he spoke to reporters this morning.
14. A recent study suggested that more than half of the women surveyed had experienced some kind of sexual [harassment] at their place of employment.
15. Alexei Sayle once remarked that people are more violently opposed to fur than leather because it's safer to [harass] rich women than motorcycle gangs.
16. In 1998, U.S. President Bill Clinton agreed to pay a woman named Paula Jones $850,000 to settle her sexual [harassment] lawsuit.
17. Supporters of opposition parties report that they are routinely [harassed] or jailed by the current government.

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  • harass — ha·rass /hə ras, har əs/ vt [Middle French harasser to exhaust, fatigue, from harer to set a dog on, from Old French hare, interjection used to incite dogs]: to subject persistently and wrongfully to annoying, offensive, or troubling behavior a… …   Law dictionary

  • harass — harass·ing; harass·ing·ly; harass·ment; harass; …   English syllables

  • Harass — Har ass (h[a^]r as or h[.a]*r[a^]s ), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Harassed} (h[a^]r ast or h[.a]*r[a^]st ); p. pr. & vb. n. {Harassing}.] [F. harasser; cf. OF. harace a basket made of cords, harace, harasse,a very heavy and large shield; or harer to set …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • harass — UK US /ˈhærəs/, /həˈræs/ verb [T] ► to repeatedly annoy or upset someone over a period of time: »A university psychology professor has been arrested on accusations of using email to harass and torment employees at the school. be harrassed by sb… …   Financial and business terms

  • harass — ► VERB 1) torment (someone) by subjecting them to constant interference or intimidation. 2) make repeated small scale attacks on (an enemy) in order to wear down resistance. DERIVATIVES harasser noun harassment noun. USAGE The word harass is… …   English terms dictionary

  • Harass — Har ass, n. 1. Devastation; waste. [Obs.] Milton. [1913 Webster] 2. Worry; harassment. [R.] Byron. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • harass — (v.) 1610s, from Fr. harasser tire out, vex, possibly from O.Fr. harer set a dog on, and perhaps blended with O.Fr. harier to harry, draw, drag [Barnhart]. Originally to lay waste, devastate, sense of distress is from 1650s. Related: Harassed;… …   Etymology dictionary

  • harass — harry, *worry, annoy, plague, pester, tease, tantalize Analogous words: *bait, badger, hound, ride, hector, chivy, heckle: vex, irk, bother (see ANNOY) Contrasted words: *comfort, solace, console: *relieve, assuage, alleviate …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • harass — There are two pitfalls with this word meaning ‘to trouble or annoy repeatedly’ and its derivatives harassing, harassment, etc. One is the spelling, with only one r (unlike embarrass); the other is the pronunciation, which should be ha rǝs with… …   Modern English usage

  • harass — [v] badger annoy, attack, bait, bedevil, beleaguer, bother, bug*, burn*, despoil, devil*, distress, disturb, eat*, exasperate, exhaust, fatigue, foray, get to*, give a bad time*, give a hard time*, gnaw*, harry, hassle, heckle, hound*, intimidate …   New thesaurus

  • harass — [har′əs, hə ras′] vt. [Fr harasser < OFr harer, to set a dog on < hare, cry to incite dogs < OHG harēn, to call, cry out] 1. to trouble, worry, or torment, as with cares, debts, repeated questions, etc. 2. to trouble by repeated raids or …   English World dictionary