What does Harassment mean?

Definitions for Harassment
həˈræs mənt, ˈhær əs-ha·rass·ment

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. harassment, tormentnoun

    a feeling of intense annoyance caused by being tormented

    "so great was his harassment that he wanted to destroy his tormentors"

  2. harassment, molestationnoun

    the act of tormenting by continued persistent attacks and criticism


  1. harassmentnoun

    Persistent attacks and criticism causing worry and distress.

  2. harassmentnoun

    Deliberate pestering or annoying.


  1. Harassment

    Harassment covers a wide range of behaviors of offensive nature. It is commonly understood as behavior that demeans, humiliates or embarrasses a person, and it is characteristically identified by its unlikelihood in terms of social and moral reasonableness. In the legal sense, these are behaviors that appear to be disturbing, upsetting or threatening. Traditional forms evolve from discriminatory grounds, and have an effect of nullifying a person's rights or impairing a person from benefiting from their rights. When these behaviors become repetitive, it is defined as bullying. The continuity or repetitiveness and the aspect of distressing, alarming or threatening may distinguish it from insult.


  1. harassment

    Harassment is a pattern of unwanted and unwelcome behavior intended to annoy, disturb, intimidate, or cause fear to another person. This behavior can be verbal, written, physical or electronic in nature and often involves bullying, discrimination, stalking, abuse or personal attacks. Harassment may occur on the basis of race, sex, religion, age, disability, orientation or other legally protected characteristics. It can happen in various environments such as workplace, school, online forums, community and home.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Harassmentnoun

    the act of harassing, or state of being harassed; worry; annoyance; anxiety


  1. Harassment

    Harassment covers a wide range of behaviours of an offensive nature. It is commonly understood as behaviour intended to disturb or upset, and it is characteristically repetitive. In the legal sense, it is intentional behaviour which is found threatening or disturbing. Sexual harassment refers to persistent and unwanted sexual advances, typically in the workplace, where the consequences of refusing are potentially very disadvantageous to the victim.

Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms

  1. harassment

    An incident in which the primary objective is to disrupt the activities of a unit, installation, or ship, rather than to inflict serious casualties or damage.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Harassment in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Harassment in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of Harassment in a Sentence

  1. Jainish Khandelwal:

    Lockdown simply means enjoyment for rich and harassment for poor

  2. Sally Forth, Jan. 28, 1991:

    If I ask a woman if she has suffered sexual harassment, could this be considered sexual harassment?

  3. Van Winkle:

    We have a sexual harassment policy, we have a memo that clarifies response and reporting of sexual harassment, we have regulations on hazing and bullying, we have a policy that covers discriminatory harassment, what this does is pull these together to cover all forms of harassment.

  4. Unknown:

    Employment in the private sector company largely means slavery, poor salary, no job security, no appreciation, exploitation, harassment ,humiliation, eventually to be thrown out of the organization for no valid reason.

  5. Mitch McConnell:

    As with all credible allegations of sexual harassment or assault, I believe the Ethics Committee should review the matter, i hope the Democratic Leader will join me on this. Regardless of party, harassment and assault are completely unacceptable –in the workplace or anywhere else.

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    relating to a technique that does not involve puncturing the skin or entering a body cavity
    • A. handsome
    • B. reassuring
    • C. obnoxious
    • D. noninvasive

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