hazing

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

Definition of hazing

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

Examples of hazing in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Sluss clearly freezes, asks for the question to be repeated, then sort of goes off track about hazing and violence on college campuses in general. Katherine J Igoe, Marie Claire, "'Bachelor' Star Hannah Ann Sluss' Pageant Career Had Its Ups and Downs," 7 Jan. 2020 Athens County Prosecutor Keller Blackburn made the announcement on Tuesday, listing charges that range from involuntary manslaughter, hazing and reckless homicide to drug trafficking and underage drinking. Benjamin Vanhoose, PEOPLE.com, "7 Members of Former Ohio University Fraternity Charged in Hazing Death of Freshman," 20 Nov. 2019 Two Ohio University students pleaded guilty Thursday for their involvement in the hazing death of an 18-year-old freshman, prosecutors said. Ella Torres, ABC News, "2 Ohio University students plead guilty in 18-year-old's hazing death," 27 Feb. 2020 The hazing happened inside the Hitchcock House dorm on CWRU’s campus sometime between June 10 and June 12, according to court records. Cory Shaffer, cleveland, "Former Berea-Midpark football player pleads guilty to felony charges in hazing case," 30 Jan. 2020 Since their son’s tragedy, Wiant’s parents have taken legal action to lobby for stricter requirements in reporting and enforcing hazing offenses. Benjamin Vanhoose, PEOPLE.com, "7 Members of Former Ohio University Fraternity Charged in Hazing Death of Freshman," 20 Nov. 2019 Antiquated haircuts, peculiar dialects and communal running perform the same function as church liturgies, national pledges of allegiance, fraternity hazing rituals and the secret handshake. Steele Brand, Time, "What Ancient Rome and Greece Can Teach Us About the Modern American Military," 20 Sep. 2019 Knight made the hazing allegations public last fall. Tresa Baldas, Detroit Free Press, "De La Salle President John Knight fired over football hazing scandal," 5 Mar. 2020 Five others charged in the case accepted a deal an pleaded guilty in 2018 to misdemeanor hazing charges. Washington Post, "Appeals court restores felony charges in FSU hazing death," 2 Jan. 2020

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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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9 Jun 2020

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“Hazing.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hazing. Accessed 3 Jul. 2020.

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hazing

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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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