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bullying

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noun bul·ly·ing \ ˈbu̇-lē-iŋ , ˈbə- \

Definition of bullying

:abuse and mistreatment of someone vulnerable by someone stronger, more powerful, etc. :the actions and behavior of a bully
  • Her own childhood had been made miserable by bullying
  • —Michael Holroyd
  • … underestimates the plain meanness behind the pleasure people take in bullying.
  • —George F. Will

First Known Use of bullying

1742


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bullying

adjective

Definition of bullying

:prone to or characterized by overbearing mistreatment and domination of others
  • … dominated the program but did so in a bullying manner that made him appear crabbier and more churlish than ever.
  • —Tom Shales
  • At his worst, he was just another loud, boorish, bullying … drunk …
  • —Bartholomew Gill
  • The bullying husband is … living out a way of being that he learned at home as a child.
  • —Robert Karen

First Known Use of bullying

1746


Law Dictionary

bullying

noun bul·ly·ing \ ˈbu̇-lē-iŋ, bə- \

legal Definition of bullying

:acts or written or spoken words intended to intimidate or harass a person or to cause physical harm to a person or his or her property — see also cyberbullying
Note: The statutory language used to describe what constitutes bullying differs from state to state.

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