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[huh-ras-muh nt, har-uh s-muh nt] /həˈræs mənt, ˈhær əs mənt/
the act or an instance of harassing, or disturbing, pestering, or troubling repeatedly; persecution:
She sued her boss for sexual harassment.
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overharassment, noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Only for this harassment of the Dot sheep, the roundup wagons would be loaded and ready to rattle abroad over the land.

    Flying U Ranch B. M. Bower
  • These early years were full of anxiety and harassment to Bienville.

  • The harassment and distress caused to a country by serious interference with its commerce will be conceded by all.

  • As the only deliverance from this harassment, Pizarro adopted a new policy.

    The Spanish Pioneers Charles F. Lummis
  • He had given himself up to a contemplation of possibilities as an escape from harassment.

    Nobody's Child Elizabeth Dejeans
Word Origin and History for harassment

1753, from harass + -ment.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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