verb (used with object)
Origin of harass
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.
How does it feel to be harassed while walking down the street?
“It was this year when the Israelis first harassed him,” the father explained.In Jerusalem Home Demolitions, the Biblical Justice of Revenge|Creede Newton|November 25, 2014|DAILY BEAST
This is echoed online: regardless of what women are wearing in their profile pictures, they are harassed anyway.
Female video game developers like Zoe Quinn have been torn apart and harassed for fabricated scandals.Is ‘Magic: The Gathering’ Immune to GamerGate Misogyny?|David Levesley|October 29, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The doughty and aggressive Captain Ebenezer Allen harassed their rear whenever opportunity was given for striking a blow.Vermont|Rowland E. Robinson
So it was that these convoys, armed with authority more or less real, harassed and blackmailed the victims.The Great Gold Rush|W. H. P. (William Henry Pope) Jarvis
Harassed by fatigue and pain, I had yet power to ruminate on that series of unparalleled events that had lately happened.Edgar Huntley|Charles Brockden Brown
That my mind was harassed with perpetual alarms was not enough.Ormond, Volume III (of 3)|Charles Brockden Brown
Harassed as he was, John Endlich yielded—because he had a hunch, an idea of a possibility.Asteroid of Fear|Raymond Zinke Gallun
Word Origin 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.