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(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)
harassverb 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