haz·​ing | \ ˈhā-ziŋ \

Definition of hazing

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

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Haugan was at the helm of Maine West when allegations of hazing and physical assault were made by players on the boys soccer and baseball teams in late 2012. Jennifer Johnson, chicagotribune.com, "Maine West High School principal announces retirement," 29 June 2018 Piazza’s parents, Jim and Evelyn Piazza, have become national anti-hazing advocates. Mark Scolforo, The Seattle Times, "Anti-hazing law in Penn St. student’s name goes to governor," 15 Oct. 2018 Other anti-hazing bills also are moving through the state Legislature. Greg Hilburn, The (monroe, USA TODAY, "Mom pleads for Louisiana bill that would make hazing a felony," 22 Mar. 2018 The two sailors and two Marines face charges under the Uniform Code of Military Justice that include felony murder, involuntary manslaughter, conspiracy, obstruction of justice, hazing and burglary, military officials said. Gordon Lubold, WSJ, "Pentagon to Scale Back Number of Forces in Africa," 15 Nov. 2018 In November 2017, Burke was first charged in the hazing death case along with several other defendants from the Beta Theta Pi fraternity house. Darran Simon, CNN, "Guilty plea entered in the hazing death of Penn State University fraternity pledge," 13 June 2018 If hazing is not effective and a coyote is showing aggressive behavior such as growling or snapping, remove yourself and your pet from the area and contact Milwaukee County Parks, police said. Karen Pilarski, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Wauwatosa Police warn of aggressive coyotes at Milwaukee County Grounds," 6 July 2018 Our Supreme Court finally issued its’ decision in the fraternity hazing death case. Pat Lenhoff, chicagotribune.com, "Column: Readers have their say on frats, books and privacy concerns," 14 June 2018 Police announced hazing charges on Tuesday against nine men in the November death of Florida State University fraternity pledge Andrew Coffey. Katie Reilly, Time, "9 Suspects Face Hazing Charges in Death of FSU Fraternity Pledge Andrew Coffey," 17 Jan. 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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