• WordNet 3.6
    • n harassment the act of tormenting by continued persistent attacks and criticism
    • n harassment a feeling of intense annoyance caused by being tormented "so great was his harassment that he wanted to destroy his tormentors"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The trainees are thrown into a pool with their hands and feet tied wearing snorkeling masks. They are then harassed by their instructors who knock their masks off, spin their bodies, and pull them under in an effort to disorient the student.
    • n Harassment The act of harassing, or state of being harassed; worry; annoyance; anxiety. "Little harassments which I am led to suspect do occasionally molest the most fortunate."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n harassment The act of harassing, or the state of being harassed; vexation; that which harasses or vexes.
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  • Denis Diderot
    “There is no kind of harassment that a man may not inflict on a woman with impunity in civilized societies.”
  • Johann Friedrich Von Schiller
    “The greater part of humanity is too much harassed and fatigued by the struggle with want, to rally itself for a new and sterner struggle with error.”
  • Horace
    “Why harass with eternal purposes a mind to weak to grasp them?”
  • Mao Zedong
    “The enemy advances, we retreat; the enemy camps, we harass; the enemy tires, we attack; the enemy retreats, we pursue.”


In literature:

Twist had had some harassing experiences.
"Christopher and Columbus" by Countess Elizabeth Von Arnim
Harassed by malaria and meddlesome neighbors, Father Rapp a third time sought a new Canaan.
"Our Foreigners" by Samuel P. Orth
The least that is said upon this painful and harassing subject, after this morning, will be the best.
"Varney the Vampire" by Thomas Preskett Prest
The man harassed by inordinate instincts perishes through want, vice, disease, or madness.
"The Life of Reason" by George Santayana
A harassing warfare was commenced between Russia and Poland, which raged for several years.
"The Empire of Russia" by John S. C. Abbott
See, O Vasava, sore inflicted with the whip, and harassed exceedingly, he is unable to bear his burthen.
"The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa, Volume 1"
Soon a new complication beset the harassed emigrants.
"A Handbook of the Boer War" by Gale and Polden, Limited
At the noon dinner, Thomas looked harassed.
"The Poor Little Rich Girl" by Eleanor Gates
And mother's face doesn't looked harassed as it often did when we were in town.
"The Honorable Miss" by L. T. Meade
Mr. Walraven looked harassed half to death.
"The Unseen Bridgegroom" by May Agnes Fleming

In poetry:

Less harassed than at other times
I saw the scene was fair,
And spoke and laughed to those around,
As if I knew no care.
"The Bluebell" by Anne Bronte

O harass not a driven leaf,
Nor stubble dry in wrath pursue;
A life so brief load not with grief,
Nor with thine arrow pierce me through.
""Wilt Thou Harass A Driven Leaf?"" by Joseph Horatio Chant
They were pushing on in hot haste and no delaying,
And only two hours distant from where the Grenadier was staying,
But when he knew he set off at once for the pass,
Determined if 'twere possible the enemy to harass.
"The First Grenadier of France" by William Topaz McGonagall
A LULL! and tongues of languid flame
Lick every boom, and lambent show
Electric 'gainst each face aloft;
The herds of clouds with bellowings go:
The black ship rears--beset--harassed,
Then plunges far with luminous antlers vast.
"The Haglets" by Herman Melville
But although the war was there he felt undaunted,
Because to fight on behalf of France was all he wanted;
And the thought thereof did his mind harass,
When he knew a regiment of Austrians was pushing on to occupy a narrow pass.
"The First Grenadier of France" by William Topaz McGonagall
Then Captain Norton's battery planted shells amongst the densest mass,
Determined with shot and shell the enemy to harass;
Then carne the shock of the rebels against the British square,
While the fiendish shouts of the Arabs did rend the air.
"The Battle of Abu Klea" by William Topaz McGonagall

In news:

Transgender Day of Remembrance, Lackland 's sexcapades, Lege preview: good, bad, & weird The Lackland trainee reported in April 2009 her trainer kept entering into her dorm after midnight, where he "harassed and flirted" with her.
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The US Air Force is changing how it selects those responsible for training recruits after a sex scandal in which dozens of female recruits said they were improperly approached, sexually harassed or raped.
Page pilot cited for harassing elk.
Embattled former state Sen Joseph Bruno is alleging that the FBI has intimidated and harassed his family and coworkers in the lead up to his trial, tentatively set for November.
Tigers left fielder pleads guilty to harassment in NY.
Transgender Day of Remembrance, Lackland's sexcapades, Lege preview: good, bad, & weird The Lackland trainee reported in April 2009 her trainer kept entering into her dorm after midnight, where he "harassed and flirted" with her.
The program will not only highlight the various ways to prevent and address sexual harassment, but will also discuss the latest legal developments affecting the litigation of these claims.
E-discovery in sexual harassment litigation after the December 2006 Federal Rules of Civil Procedure amendments.
The program will not only highlight the various ways to prevent and address sexual harassment but will also discuss the latest legal developments affecting the litigation of these claims.
More than two weeks after the GOP candidate was accused of sexual harassment, Republican men still support him.
A son of the late Sen Robert F Kennedy has been acquitted of child endangerment and harassment charges.
It is Herman Cain's sexual harassment accusations, not his alleged affair, that deserve the most scrutiny.
Two Minnesota State college students were arrested and jailed late Tuesday night for allegedly harassing a pair of convenience store clerks.
Tomato grower DiMare Ruskin Inc has agreed to pay $150,000 and to take steps to prevent harassment of farmworkers to settle a lawsuit brought by the US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.
Hired Principal Who Harassed Subordinate .

In science:

Two principal evolutionary sequences are galaxy harassment (Moore et al. 1996; Conselice et al. 2003a) and SNdriven galactic winds (Dekel & Silk 1986; Arimoto & Yoshii 1987), resulting in morphologically and kinematically similar stellar systems but with distinct chemical properties.
The puzzlingly large Ca II triplet absorption in dwarf elliptical galaxies
This ‘galaxy harassment’ process (Moore et al. 1996) induces a dramatic morphological evolution on a time-span of about 3 Gyr.
Evidence for a warm ISM in Fornax dEs - II. FCC032, FCC206 and FCCB729
This seems unlikely, especially considering the fact that bigger galaxies tend to inhabit denser region of the large scale structure where the effects of environment (harassment, gas-gas interactions) should be more significant.
Active Galaxies in the Sloan Digital Sky Survey II: galaxy and activity evolution
By contrast, the simulations of Dav ´e e t al. (2010) suggest turbulent motion in massive disk-like galaxies is driven by harassment by smaller satellites and the infall of gas.
Integral Field Spectroscopy of 2.0
Given that the fuel source for AGN is in the gas phase, any physical mechanism that has the potential to disturb the morphology of a galaxy such as harassment (Moore et al. 1996) may also produce an enhancement of AGN activity – i.e. not simply mergers.
The drivers of AGN activity in galaxy clusters: AGN fraction as a function of mass and environment