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harass

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verb ha·rass \hə-ˈras; ˈher-əs, ˈha-rəs\

Simple Definition of harass

  • : to annoy or bother (someone) in a constant or repeated way

  • : to make repeated attacks against (an enemy)

Full Definition of harass

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 a :  exhaust, fatigue b (1) :  to annoy persistently (2) :  to create an unpleasant or hostile situation for especially by uninvited and unwelcome verbal or physical conduct

  3. 2 :  to worry and impede by repeated raids <harassed the enemy>

ha·rass·er noun
ha·rass·ment play \-mənt\ noun

Examples of harass

  1. She was constantly harassed by the other students.

  2. He claims that he is being unfairly harassed by the police.

  3. The troops harrassed the defeated army throughout its retreat.



Origin of harass

French harasser, from Middle French, from harer to set a dog on, from Old French hare, interjection used to incite dogs, of Germanic origin; akin to Old High German hier here — more at here


First Known Use: 1617

Synonym Discussion of harass

worry, annoy, harass, harry, plague, pester, tease mean to disturb or irritate by persistent acts. worry implies an incessant goading or attacking that drives one to desperation <pursued a policy of worrying the enemy>. annoy implies disturbing one's composure or peace of mind by intrusion, interference, or petty attacks <you're doing that just to annoy me>. harass implies petty persecutions or burdensome demands that exhaust one's nervous or mental power <harassed on all sides by creditors>. harry may imply heavy oppression or maltreatment <the strikers had been harried by thugs>. plague implies a painful and persistent affliction <plagued all her life by poverty>. pester stresses the repetition of petty attacks <constantly pestered with trivial complaints>. tease suggests an attempt to break down one's resistance or rouse to wrath <children teased the dog>.

Rhymes with harass




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