haz·ing | \ ˈhā-ziŋ \

Definition of hazing 

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

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Their son Robert, a Florida A&M drum major, was killed in a hazing ritual in 2011 in Orlando. Hal Boedeker, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Andrea Constand, Steve Bannon, Bill Maher: This weekend," 1 June 2018 The prosecution has argued that fraternity members planned and executed a hazing ritual in February 2017, deliberately got Piazza drunk, and then failed to get him medical care after he was seriously injured. Joseph A. Gambardello, Philly.com, "Pa. AG to appeal dismissal of charges in Penn State hazing death of Timothy Piazza," 26 Apr. 2018 Three other men -- Sean-Paul Gott, 21; Patrick Forde, 21; and Ryan Isto, 19 -- were indicted on hazing charges. Dakin Andone, CNN, "LSU fraternity pledge's death leads to 4 indictments," 16 Mar. 2018 And there's the case of Florida State University pledge, Andrew Coffey, who died from alcohol poisoning in November, following hazing rituals. Fox News, "Huckabee on America's hazing problem," 12 Mar. 2018 Please, God, don’t let another child die of hazing. Bristow Marchant, charlotteobserver, "‘God, don’t let another child die of hazing:’ Parents find solidarity at SC gathering," 23 Feb. 2018 Kate Murphy Miami University suspended fraternity activity after several allegations of hazing in recent days, the school announced Tuesday. Kate Murphy, Cincinnati.com, "Miami University suspends fraternity activity after hazing reports," 21 Feb. 2018 Louisiana State University this month has decided to ban the Phi Delta Theta fraternity from campus after a freshman who pledged at the university last year died following an apparent hazing ritual. Wilborn P. Nobles Iii, NOLA.com, "LSU bans Phi Delta Theta from campus until 2033 after freshman's death," 26 Sep. 2017 In real life, Private Chen, after months of vicious hazing and racist taunts, killed himself in 2011 at an army outpost in Afghanistan. New York Times, "A Soldier’s Racially Charged Suicide Becomes a Powerful Opera," 13 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

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

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