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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Fish and Wildlife Service staff will use hazing techniques to keep away gulls and other birds and will scour the islands to remove any dead mouse corpses before scavengers can eat them. Will Houston, The Mercury News, "‘Like dropping a nuclear bomb on this island’: Feds delay Farallon Islands poison airdrop bid," 11 July 2019 Theta Tau is the fourth fraternity to be suspended this academic year at Syracuse, with the most recent one occurring this month after an investigation into hazing. NBC News, "Syracuse University suspends fraternity after 'extremely racist' video surfaces," 19 Apr. 2018 To recklessly participate in hazing is a fourth-degree misdemeanor in Ohio. Keith Bierygolick, Cincinnati.com, "Miami University hazing case: 'Please do not say anything that would threaten the future of the fraternity'," 27 June 2019 In many ways, their description resembled a fraternity hazing. Rachel Swan, SFChronicle.com, "‘Hook up with an eighth grader’: Mill Valley high school students in hot water over to-do list," 7 June 2019 One of the first orders of business for this new coalition is to press legislatures in all 50 states to toughen anti-hazing laws. Frank Miles, Fox News, "Greek life leaders and parents of hazing victims join forces to save lives," 12 Sep. 2018 Among them is an anti-hazing measure sponsored by Senate Majority Leader Jake Corman (R., Centre), motivated by the death of Pennsylvania State University student Tim Piazza. Philly.com, "With Pa. House, Senate gone, big issues remain unresolved," 4 July 2018 Now, Coffey’s parents have filed a lawsuit and are pushing for a new federal anti-hazing law. Steve Helling, PEOPLE.com, "Grieving Parents of FSU Student Who Died of Alcohol Poisoning Push for Anti-Hazing Law," 13 Mar. 2018 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

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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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