- 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 harassed
For months after my release, I was harassed by the security services, who further interrogated me and detained me without cause.What It’s Like to Be an Atheist in Palestine
Waleed al-Husseini, Movements.Org
December 8, 2014
How does it feel to be harassed while walking down the street?What Does It Feel Like To Be Catcalled?
The Daily Beast Video
November 26, 2014
“It was this year when the Israelis first harassed him,” the father explained.In Jerusalem Home Demolitions, the Biblical Justice of Revenge
November 25, 2014
This is echoed online: regardless of what women are wearing in their profile pictures, they are harassed anyway.Hey, Creeps, ‘Compliments’ Are Harassment, Too
November 5, 2014
Female video game developers like Zoe Quinn have been torn apart and harassed for fabricated scandals.Is ‘Magic: The Gathering’ Immune to GamerGate Misogyny?
October 29, 2014
Better, however, was death than to be thus hunted and harassed.Biography of a Slave
For very early shall I leave this place; harassed and fatigued to death.Clarissa, Volume 2 (of 9)
The man is simply crazy about you, and harassed to death with this ranch business.Good Indian
B. M. Bower
Clennam, harassed by more anxieties than one, was among this devoted band.Little Dorrit
Here the infamous Tschauna harassed me and well-nigh put me to shame.The Chinese Fairy Book
- (tr) to trouble, torment, or confuse by continual persistent attacks, questions, etc
Word Origin and History for harassed
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.