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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 ?
Because the harassers are not seen as the problem, or as a phenomenon that needs to be fixed, the role of the government in tackling harassment has thus far been minimal.
One of the main problems, she said, is that often both the harassers and their victims don't see things such as catcalling and verbal abuse as problematic.
Many school districts have faced lawsuits for failing to protect students from harassers, only to be hit with lawsuits anyway when they try to discipline students believed to be bullies.
Look your harasser in the eye and denounce their behavior with a strong, clear voice.
Anne McKernan of the Equality Commission said: "Senior members of staff were on notice that the harasser engaged in jokes, banter and hugging which could have amounted to sexual harassment.
The women carried banners with messages denouncing harassers as harassment has become all too common in Egypt, especially in the protests that have been happening in the iconic Tahrir Squares and other places.
Don't allow fat cat politicians and persons in authority to blame us for the disgusting behaviour of harassers.
In addition, there are two wrongful discharge cases that dealt with situations where the accused harasser successfully prevailed against the employer because of defects in the investigation process.
The EEOC said Dillard's ignored complaints about the harasser.
When TV fresh-faced college graduate, news producer, and would-be Hollywood writer Christian Write meets Daemon, the two form friendship--one that turns dangerous once Christian starts to uncover the scandalous and deadly truth about Daemon and his harasser.
The lower court had found that any relationship between Mechelle Vinson and her harasser was voluntary.
She described how the teenage harasser would hurl abuse to her son down the phone, telling him "Your mother is a whore.