haz·ing | \ˈhā-ziŋ \

Definition of hazing 

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

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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 In his suit, Nagy said Wheaton turned a blind eye to hazing, which Wheaton denies. Clifford Ward, Wheaton Glen Ellyn, "July trial set for former Wheaton College football player accused with others of injuring teammate during hazing," 3 May 2018 Parents who have lost a son to hazing will hold their own meeting Feb. 23 and 24, in Greenville, South Carolina. Sean Rossman, USA TODAY, "Penn State president: 'Much remains to be done' 1 year after pledge death," 1 Feb. 2018 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

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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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