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 The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports the university’s student organization conduct committee found Delta Chi responsible for violating policies on hazing and alcohol. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 4 June 2021 The hazing and failing to comply with underage alcohol laws reflect that those charged gave copious amounts of alcohol to Foltz and the other new fraternity members, Dobson said in a statement. John Seewer, chicagotribune.com, 29 Apr. 2021 Prizel pleaded not guilty to charges of third-degree felony involuntary manslaughter, hazing and failure to comply with underage alcohol laws. Marlene Lenthang, ABC News, 19 May 2021 This expulsion is because of hazing, which is absolutely intolerable. Aya Elamroussi, CNN, 13 May 2021 Currently, 44 states have passed laws prohibiting hazing, but most treat it only as a misdemeanor. CBS News, 9 May 2021 Unfortunately, the investigation revealed that underage drinking, hazing, and conduct unbefitting of Saint Ignatius student-athletes occurred. Alexis Oatman, cleveland, 6 May 2021 Other charges included reckless homicide, felonious assault, hazing, violating underage alcohol laws and obstructing official business. Washington Post, 29 Apr. 2021 Perhaps that’s why, freshman hazing and drunken fisticuffs notwithstanding, Dazed and Confuseddoesn’t get weighed down with the enormous stakes of typical coming-of-age movies. Vulture Editors, Vulture, 20 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of hazing

1850, in the meaning defined above

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14 Jun 2021

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“Hazing.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hazing. Accessed 19 Jun. 2021.

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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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