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ha·rass

 (hə-răs′, hăr′əs)
tr.v. ha·rassed, ha·rass·ing, ha·rass·es
1. To subject (another) to hostile or prejudicial remarks or actions; pressure or intimidate.
2. To irritate or torment persistently: His mind was harassed by doubts and misgivings.
3. To make repeated attacks or raids on (an enemy, for example).

[French harasser, from Old French (a la) harache, (a la) harace (as in courre a la harache, to chase) : hare, call used to set dogs on (of Germanic origin; see ko- in Indo-European roots) + -ache, -ace, deprecative n. suff.]

ha·rass′er n.
ha·rass′ment n.
Synonyms: harass, harry, hound, badger, pester, plague
These verbs mean to trouble persistently or incessantly. Harass and harry imply systematic persecution by besieging with repeated annoyances, threats, or demands: The landlord harassed the tenants who were behind in their rent. "John Adams and John Quincy Adams, pillars of personal rectitude, were harried throughout their presidencies by accusations of corruption, fraud, and abuses of power" (Alan Brinkley and Davis Dyer).
Hound suggests unrelenting pursuit to gain a desired end: Reporters hounded the celebrity for an interview. To badger is to nag or entreat persistently: The child badgered his parents for a new bicycle. To pester is to inflict a succession of petty annoyances: "How she would have pursued and pestered me with questions and surmises" (Charlotte Brontë).
Plague refers to a problem likened to a noxious disease: "As I have no estate, I am plagued with no tenants or stewards" (Henry Fielding).
Usage Note: The pronunciation of harass with stress on the first syllable (rhyming roughly with Paris) is the older, traditional pronunciation. The pronunciation with stress on the second syllable (rhyming roughly with surpass) is a newer pronunciation that first occurred in American English. Its use has steadily increased since the mid-1900s. In our 1987 survey, 50 percent of the Usage Panel preferred the pronunciation with stress on the first syllable, and 50 percent preferred stress on the second syllable. Fourteen years later, in our 2001 survey, preference for stress on the first syllable dropped to 30 percent while preference for stress on the second syllable rose to 70 percent. The results from our 2013 survey suggest that this trend away from the traditional pronunciation has continued: only 10 percent preferred the stress on the first syllable, whereas 90 percent preferred the pronunciation with the stress on the second syllable. In fact, in 2013, 35 percent of the Panel considered the pronunciation with the stress on the first syllable to be unacceptable. The original pronunciation has almost completely given way in only a few decades, at least in the United States.

ha•rass•ment

(həˈræs mənt, ˈhær əs-)
n.
1. the act of harassing.
2. the fact of being harassed.
[1750–60]

harassment

An incident in which the primary objective is to disrupt the activities of a unit, installation, or ship, rather than to inflict serious casualties or damage.

Harassment

 

dun See SOLICITATION.

from pillar to post See DIRECTION.

get off [someone’s] back To stop bothering, irritating, or criticizing another person; similar to the currently popular get off [someone’s] case. This expression is usually spoken in the command form by a desperate victim of incessant nagging or harassment.

Then stop picking on me, will you? Get off my back, will you? (Joseph Heller, Catch-22, 1961)

the heat’s on The police are hot on one’s trail; the pressure is on. Heat can refer to a gun, a policeman, or other external source of pressure. In this originally U.S. slang expression dating from the early 20th century, heat combines the latter two meanings.

But the word went out that the government heat was on. The FBI was known to be relentless in its pursuit. (H. Corey, Farewell, Mr. Gangster, 1936)

The heat’s on currently applies to any pressure-ridden situation, though its most frequent usage is still police-related.

make it hot for To make things very uncomfortable or unpleasant for someone, especially through repeated harassment or persecution; to make trouble for. This expression and the variant to make it too hot for were precursors of the American slang phrase to turn the heat on ‘to apply pressure to.’

Caesar Augustus thought good to make that practice too hot for them. (Edmund Bolton, The Roman Histories of Lucius Julius Florus, translated 1618)

play cat and mouse with To tease, toy with, or torment; to be engaged in a power struggle in which one takes the role of cat, or oppressor, and victimizes the mouse, or weaker party; to outwit one’s opponent; to take part in a round of near capture and escape. The Cat-and-mouse Act, a nickname for the Prisoners Act of 1913 which enabled hunger strikers to be released temporarily, popularized use of the phrase cat and mouse in the early 1900s.

The Administration played a curious cat-and-mouse game with the Jewish self-defence organization. (Arthur Koestier, Promise and Fulfillment, 1949)

ride herd on See DOMINATION.

ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.harassment - a feeling of intense annoyance caused by being tormentedharassment - a feeling of intense annoyance caused by being tormented; "so great was his harassment that he wanted to destroy his tormentors"
vexation, annoyance, chafe - anger produced by some annoying irritation
2.harassment - the act of tormenting by continued persistent attacks and criticismharassment - the act of tormenting by continued persistent attacks and criticism
mistreatment - the practice of treating (someone or something) badly; "he should be punished for his mistreatment of his mother"
baiting - harassment especially of a tethered animal
badgering, bedevilment, worrying, torment - the act of harassing someone
sexual harassment - unwelcome sexual behavior by a supervisor toward an employee
tantalization, teasing, ribbing, tease - the act of harassing someone playfully or maliciously (especially by ridicule); provoking someone with persistent annoyances; "he ignored their teases"; "his ribbing was gentle but persistent"
witch-hunt - searching out and harassing dissenters

harassment

noun hassle, trouble, bother, grief (informal), torment, irritation, persecution (informal), nuisance, badgering, annoyance, pestering, aggravation (informal), molestation, vexation, bedevilment 51 percent of women had experienced some form of sexual harassment.

harassment

noun
Translations
مُضَايَقَةمُضايَقَه، مُلاحَقَه
obtěžovánídotírání
chikane
ahdisteluhäirintä
uznemiravanje
áreitni
いやがらせ
괴롭힘
obťažovanie
trakasserier
การรังควาน
taciztaciz etme
sự quấy rối

harassment

[ˈhærəsmənt] Nacoso m (Mil) → hostigamiento m
sexual harassmentacoso m sexual

harassment

[ˈhærəsmənt həˈræsmənt] nharcèlement m
police harassment → harcèlement m policier
media harassment → harcèlement m médiatique sexual harassment, racial harassment

harassment

n (= act)Belästigung f, → Bedrängung f; (= messing around)Schikanierung f; (= state)Bedrängnis f; (Mil) → Kleinkrieg m; constant harassment of the enemyständiger Kleinkrieg gegen den Feind; police harassmentSchikane fvonseiten or von Seiten der Polizei; racial harassmentrassistisch motivierte Schikanierung; sexual harassmentsexuelle Belästigung

harassment

[ˈhærəsmənt] n (action) → persecuzione f; (less severe) → molestia; (feeling) → insofferenza

harass

(ˈhӕrəs) , ((especially American) həˈras) verb
1. to annoy or trouble (a person) constantly or frequently. The children have been harassing me all morning.
2. to make frequent sudden attacks on (an enemy). The army was constantly harassed by groups of terrorists.
ˈharassed adjective
a harassed mother.
ˈharassment noun
He complained of harassment by the police.
sexual harassmentsex

harassment

مُضَايَقَة obtěžování chikane Belästigung παρενόχληση acoso ahdistelu harcèlement uznemiravanje molestia いやがらせ 괴롭힘 pesterij trakassering molestowanie assédio притеснение trakasserier การรังควาน taciz sự quấy rối 骚扰

harassment

n. acosamiento, perturbación, vejamen;
sexual ___acosamiento sexual.

harassment

n acoso; sexual — acoso sexual