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harass

(either harris or huh-rass) v. systematic and/or continual unwanted and annoying pestering, which often includes threats and demands. This can include lewd or offensive remarks, sexual advances, threatening telephone calls from collection agencies, hassling by police officers, or bringing criminal charges without cause. (See: harassment, sexual harassment)

harass

verb acerbate, afflict, aggrieve, agitate, alarm, alienate, anger, annoy, arose, arrogate, assail, badger, bagger, be malevolent, bedevil, beset, besiege, bludgeon, bother, browbeat, burden, coerce, confound, convulse, discomfort, discompose, disconcert, dismay, dispirit, disquiet, distress, disturb, enrage, envenom, exasperate, excite, excruciate, fret, goad, grieve, harbor a grudge, harrow, harry, haunt, heckle, hurt, ill-use, importance, incense, incommode, infest, infuriate, injure persistently, intimidate, intrude upon, irk, irritate, malign, maltreat, miff, misuse, mock, obsess, offend, oppress, outrage, overburden, overdrive, overrun, overstrain, overtax, overwork, perplex, pester, pique, plague, prey upon, provoke, rankle, shake up, sollicitare, spite, strain, terrorize, torment, trouble, tyrannize, unsettle, upbraid, upset, vex, vexare, victimize, wear down, weigh on
Associated concepts: barratry, employment law, harassing a witness, workplace sexual harassment
See also: annoy, badger, browbeat, discompose, distress, harrow, hector, importune, incense, inflict, intimidate, irritate, mistreat, molest, persecute, perturb, pique, prey, provoke
References in periodicals archive ?
At personal level studies have shown that Harassment may impair women's physical and mental health in a number of ways.
Of all the forms that violence against women can assume, sexual Harassment is the most ubiquitous and insidious.
In many situations, sexual Harassment occurs when there are unwanted and unwelcome advancements from a male colleague.
There is another difficulty in defining Harassment because it is not the act, but the way it is experienced, that makes it as Harassment.
Harassment may be established by a single serious incident or a pattern of less severe, but repeated behaviors.
So, in this scenario it is being assumed that in the presence of male colleagues and dealing with customers, females might be facing Harassment at work places.
In Pakistan the situation is quite different, rules governing sexual Harassment and seeking to punish offenders especially in a society like Pakistan can be quite dark area (Quraishi 2005).
Work place Harassment is an important issue, which women are facing internationally and obviously Pakistani women would also face its manifestation.
A study was conducted at Postgraduate Medical Education (PGME) in Pakistan in order to measure the prevalence of sexual Harassment in medical school.
Data was collected on Professionals perception about the Harassment which were Patting, Suggestive remarks, Pinching, Whistling, Staring, Comments about physical appearance, Property damage, Telephone threats, Stalking bullying, Intrusive questions, Invasion of personal space, Unwanted touching, Demands of sexual favors, Offensive pictures or other materials, Physical Assault.
Professionals' (Doctors, Bankers, Lawyers, Nurses and Teachers) Perception about the Harassment of women, about different Harassment acts was measured separately with reference to their Gender.
Note: High level of Harassment: Where both male and female are of equal opinion on Harassment, Medium level of Harassment: Where perception of female is high in comparison with male, Low level of perception: Where perception of male is high in comparison with female