- to disturb persistently; torment, as with troubles or cares; bother continually; pester; persecute.
- to trouble by repeated attacks, incursions, etc., as in war or hostilities; harry; raid.
Origin of harass
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Examples from the Web for harass
Women are coming together online to shame men who harass and abuse them.Online Shaming Gives Creeps the Spotlight They Deserve
September 23, 2014
But airstrikes now would only serve to harass, not defeat, ISIS.Why Airstrikes in Syria Won't Work
Rep. Adam Schiff
September 4, 2014
We may not be able to stop men from wanting to harass women but Internet technologies can easily be rebuilt.Will the Internet Ever Be Safe for Women?
August 28, 2014
The poster asked people to harass Zelich by cellphone and email.How ‘MrHandcuffs’ Ended Up With Two Corpses in Suitcases
June 30, 2014
We heard occasionally the police would come in and harass everyone.Private Birthday Party: A Look at Kansas City’s Long Lost Drag Queens
April 9, 2014
Nor did Casanova allow these questions to harass his mind to-day.Casanova's Homecoming
Forgive me that I harass you with this catalogue of my misfortunes.Mistress Wilding
The archers were placed in front to harass the enemy attempting to cross.The Cat of Bubastes
G. A. Henty
There were no debtors to be harassed, no creditors to harass them.In a Little Town
"The Mexicans will do anything to harass the Texans," answered the lieutenant, quietly.For the Liberty of Texas
- (tr) to trouble, torment, or confuse by continual persistent attacks, questions, etc
Word Origin and History for harass
1610s, from French harasser "tire out, vex," possibly from Old French harer "set a dog on," and perhaps blended with Old French harier "to harry, draw, drag" [Barnhart]. Originally "to lay waste, devastate," sense of "distress" is from 1650s. Related: Harassed; harassing.