Definition of Harassment

1. Noun. A feeling of intense annoyance caused by being tormented. "So great was his harassment that he wanted to destroy his tormentors"

Exact synonyms: Torment
Generic synonyms: Annoyance, Chafe, Vexation
Derivative terms: Torment

2. Noun. The act of tormenting by continued persistent attacks and criticism.
Exact synonyms: Molestation
Generic synonyms: Mistreatment
Specialized synonyms: Baiting, Badgering, Bedevilment, Torment, Worrying, Sexual Harassment, Ribbing, Tantalization, Tease, Teasing, Witch-hunt
Derivative terms: Harass, Molest

Definition of Harassment

1. n. The act of harassing, or state of being harassed; worry; annoyance; anxiety.

Definition of Harassment

1. Noun. Persistent attacks and criticism causing worry and distress. ¹

2. Noun. Deliberate pestering or annoying. ¹

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Definition of Harassment

1. [n -S]

Lexicographical Neighbors of Harassment

harbor master
harbor patrol
harbor porpoise
harbor seal
harbor seals

Literary usage of Harassment

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Hatred in the Hallways: Violence and Discrimination Against Lesbian, Gay by Michael Bochenek, A. Widney Brown (2001)
"Provide training to all staff on how to intervene to stop harassment that occurs in their presence. Other students may take the failure of staff to respond ..."

2. Unequal Protection: The State Response to Violent Crime on South African Farms by Human Rights Watch (Organization)., Human Rights Watch (Organization (2001)
"40 Sexual harassment Women farmworkers experience sexual harassment from ... Sexual harassment happens in the packing rooms, in kitchens, and in the field. ..."

3. Fingers to the Bone: United States Failure to Protect Child Farmworkers by Lee Tucker, Human Rights Watch (Organization) (2000)
"Due to various factors, farmworker girls and women are exceptionally vulnerable to sexual harassment and assault. They work in isolated areas in a ..."

4. Opportunity 2000: Creative Affirmative Action Strategies for a Changing (1988)
"While this manager's comment reflects a widespread perception in the business world, no scientific data supporting it currently exists. Sexual harassment ..."

5. From the Household to the Factory: Sex Discrimination in the Guatemalan by Judith Sunderland (2002)
"Sexual harassment The Guatemalan government has obligations under international law to combat sexual harassment in the workplace as both sex discrimination ..."

6. Children in Northern Ireland: Abused by Security Forces and Paramilitaries by Lois Whitman, Human Rights Watch (Organization), Helsinki Watch (Organization : U.S.) (1992)
"Helsinki Watch found that harassment of under-eighteens is endemic in West Belfast and in other troubled areas in Northern Ireland; that harassment is not ..."

7. Germany for Germans: Xenophobia and Racist Violence in Germany by Maryellen Fullerton (1995)
"There are even more incidents of harassment and provocation that occur on a ... The daily harassment and discrimination may not be "shocking" enough to ..."

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