Adjective "harassing" definition and examples

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Definitions and examples


Subject to aggressive pressure or intimidation.
  1. 'A 33-year-old man who harassed a teenage girl and her family has lost an appeal against his conviction.'
  2. 'Ms. O'Neill, the sexual-health educator, says she frequently gets complaints from parents who believe that their sons are being harassed by girls.'
  3. 'Both harass the unemployed, pressuring them further into exploitative employment.'
  4. 'A pensioner who was harassed by aggressive beggars in Swindon town centre has backed a campaign to stop vagrants pestering shoppers for cash.'
  5. 'We have seen thugs, employed by powerful people, intimidating and harassing journalists.'
  6. 'Dr. Das Dasgupta said that women are pressured and harassed by husbands demanding that their wives give birth to boys.'
  7. 'And I am still being harassed and intimidated to this day.'
  8. 'First, until 1965, African-Americans were harassed and intimidated at the polls by whites and it was LEGAL.'
  9. 'He was pressured and harassed all day, making his fourth quarter performance all the more impressive.'
  10. 'I wouldn't drop the subject though, and harassed him all the way down to his locker and out the school's front door.'
  11. 'the squadron's task was to harass the retreating enemy forces'
  12. 'Remnants of the enemy have slipped into the civilian population and continue to harass coalition forces.'
  13. 'The wise general never gives battle but on favourable ground; and until he has found it, he manoeuvres, skirmishes, and harasses the enemy.'
  14. 'He was subsequently harassed by hordes of aggressive mice, and despite taking refuge in a tower in the middle of the Rhine, was eventually eaten by his pursuers.'
  15. 'conspirators, harassed by their enemies, and often at odds among themselves, scrambled through civil war and Japanese invasion to seize power.'
  16. 'In addition the crusaders used light cavalry and horse archers in large numbers to harass the enemy, to scout, and to supplement the knights.'
  17. 'Now they're under your control, and you can call them from the sands and direct them to harass your enemies.'
  18. 'The besiegers lacked artillery, and their communications were harassed by the aggressive Enniskillen men.'
  19. 'Often, cavalry came out to harass enemy armies as they scattered to plunder, slowing down progress even further.'
  20. 'Visiting human rights groups have been routinely harassed by the army and threatened and attacked by militias.'
  21. 'Some governments gave pirates and privateers safe harbor to earn revenues or to harass their enemies.'

More definitions

1. to disturb persistently; torment, as with troubles or cares; bother continually; pester; persecute.

2. to trouble by repeated attacks, incursions, etc., as in war or hostilities; harry; raid.

More examples(as adjective)

"slaves can be harassing."

"remarks can be harassing."

"families can be harassing."

"employees can be harassing."

"communities can be harassing."

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(harass)Early 17th century: from French harasser, from harer ‘set a dog on’, from Germanic hare, a cry urging a dog to attack.