haz·​ing | \ˈhā-ziŋ \

Definition of hazing 

: the action of hazing especially : an initiation process involving harassment

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If hazing is not effective and a coyote is showing aggressive behavior such as growling or snapping, remove yourself and your pet from the area and contact Milwaukee County Parks, police said. Karen Pilarski, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Wauwatosa Police warn of aggressive coyotes at Milwaukee County Grounds," 6 July 2018 Our Supreme Court finally issued its’ decision in the fraternity hazing death case. Pat Lenhoff, chicagotribune.com, "Column: Readers have their say on frats, books and privacy concerns," 14 June 2018 Police announced hazing charges on Tuesday against nine men in the November death of Florida State University fraternity pledge Andrew Coffey. Katie Reilly, Time, "9 Suspects Face Hazing Charges in Death of FSU Fraternity Pledge Andrew Coffey," 17 Jan. 2018 Jim Piazza, whose son Tim Piazza died in a hazing incident at a Penn State fraternity, isn’t sure banning fraternities would solve Greek life’s problems. Aubrey Nagle, Philly.com, "Pa. primary voters guide, deadly protests erupt as U.S. opens embassy | Morning Newsletter," 15 May 2018 The parents of an Alabama high school quarterback filed a $12 million lawsuit Monday after their son suffered a broken arm in an alleged hazing incident at his school. Ryan Gaydos, Fox News, "Graphic video shows vicious beating of Alabama football player, prompting $12M lawsuit," 10 May 2018 Examples of Kappa Sigma's misconduct include a hazing incident in September 2012 and an incident involving fire in April 2014. Lavendrick Smith And Steve Harrison, charlotteobserver, "After a party bus tragedy, California passed new rules. Will that happen in NC? | Charlotte Observer," 4 May 2018 Ryan Burke, 21, pleaded guilty in Centre County Court to four counts of hazing and five counts related to unlawful acts involving liquor, according to Shapiro's office. Darran Simon, CNN, "Guilty plea entered in the hazing death of Penn State University fraternity pledge," 13 June 2018 The bill would increase penalties for hazing, create stricter reporting requirements for universities, and add a safe harbor provision for some students who seek help in an emergency. Philly.com, "With Pa. House, Senate gone, big issues remain unresolved," 4 July 2018

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First Known Use of hazing

1850, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of hazing was in 1850

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English Language Learners Definition of hazing

: the practice of playing unpleasant tricks on someone or forcing someone to do unpleasant things

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