haz·​ing ˈhā-ziŋ How to pronounce hazing (audio)
: the action of hazing
especially : an initiation process involving harassment

Examples of hazing in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The season, though, will be remembered for the hazing scandal, which the school has said is still under investigation. Don Norcross, San Diego Union-Tribune, 18 Nov. 2023 David Braun, Northwestern: Braun has improved his stock after becoming something of an emergency hire after coach Pat Fitzgerald was fired in July amid allegations of widespread hazing in the program. Steve Henson, Los Angeles Times, 15 Nov. 2023 The letter said the football players had attended the team’s football camp in Naples, Maine, from Aug. 22 to Aug. 27, and that allegations of hazing were later reported to school officials. Globe Staff, BostonGlobe.com, 19 Sep. 2023 In those days and for decades after, jobs at local newspapers were seen as an invaluable training ground, an irreplaceable mix of apprenticeship and hazing. Daniel Golden, ProPublica, 14 Oct. 2023 Three games into a 2023 season clouded by an ongoing university investigation regarding alleged hazing, the University of San Diego’s football team continues to struggle on the field. Don Norcross, San Diego Union-Tribune, 17 Sep. 2023 Northwestern fired longtime coach Pat Fitzgerald in July after an investigation by the school revealed hazing in the football program. Larry Lage, Anchorage Daily News, 10 Sep. 2023 What was the response to the Northwestern hazing scandal? Lorenzo Reyes, USA TODAY, 3 Sep. 2023 Fitzgerald initially was suspended for two weeks during the preseason, but Northwestern’s president decided later to dismiss him with cause after details of the hazing allegations became public through media reports. Larry Lage, Anchorage Daily News, 10 Sep. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1850, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of hazing was in 1850

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“Hazing.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hazing. Accessed 2 Dec. 2023.

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