haz·​ing | \ ˈhā-ziŋ How to pronounce hazing (audio) \

Definition of hazing

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

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The conference record included last season’s forfeit to Maine South, which came during a weeklong suspension of the football program after a possible hazing incident. Dan Shalin, chicagotribune.com, "Pat Pistorio ready for 'challenge' with Niles North football after leaving South Elgin," 2 June 2018 The case, State of Louisiana v. Sean-Paul Gott, involves one of the three defendants who has been charged with misdemeanor hazing. Cyrus Farivar, Ars Technica, "Prosecutor: Suspect must give up his phone’s passcode in fatal hazing case," 24 Aug. 2018 Florida State has suspended Alpha Epsilon Pi, and four people face misdemeanor hazing charges. Fox News, "Fraternity sued over 'Scumbag of the Week' hazing incident," 12 Sep. 2018 One offer would be to plead guilty to two counts of misdemeanor hazing with adjudication withheld along with 60 days in jail and two years of probation. Joe Reedy, Sun-Sentinel.com, "FSU ends alcohol ban imposed on Greek organizations after death of student from South Florida," 29 Mar. 2018 Haugan was at the helm of Maine West when allegations of hazing and physical assault were made by players on the boys soccer and baseball teams in late 2012. Jennifer Johnson, chicagotribune.com, "Maine West High School principal announces retirement," 29 June 2018 Piazza’s parents, Jim and Evelyn Piazza, have become national anti-hazing advocates. Mark Scolforo, The Seattle Times, "Anti-hazing law in Penn St. student’s name goes to governor," 15 Oct. 2018 Other anti-hazing bills also are moving through the state Legislature. Greg Hilburn, The (monroe, USA TODAY, "Mom pleads for Louisiana bill that would make hazing a felony," 22 Mar. 2018 The two sailors and two Marines face charges under the Uniform Code of Military Justice that include felony murder, involuntary manslaughter, conspiracy, obstruction of justice, hazing and burglary, military officials said. Gordon Lubold, WSJ, "Pentagon to Scale Back Number of Forces in Africa," 15 Nov. 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

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

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not to be persuaded, moved, or stopped

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