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hazing

[hey-zing] /ˈheɪ zɪŋ/
noun
1.
subjection to harassment or ridicule.
Origin
1815-1825
1815-25; haze2 + -ing1

haze1

[heyz] /heɪz/
noun
1.
an aggregation in the atmosphere of very fine, widely dispersed, solid or liquid particles, or both, giving the air an opalescent appearance that subdues colors.
2.
vagueness or obscurity, as of the mind or perception; confused or vague thoughts, feelings, etc.:
The victims were still in a haze and couldn't describe the accident.
verb (used with object), verb (used without object), hazed, hazing.
3.
to make or become hazy.
Origin
1700-10; perhaps noun use of Middle English *hase; Old English hasu, variant of haswa ashen, dusky. See hazy, hare
Related forms
hazeless, adjective
Synonyms
2. See cloud.

haze2

[heyz] /heɪz/
verb (used with object), hazed, hazing.
1.
to subject (freshmen, newcomers, etc.) to abusive or humiliating tricks and ridicule.
2.
Chiefly Nautical. to harass with unnecessary or disagreeable tasks.
Origin
1670-80; < Middle French haser to irritate, annoy
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Examples from the web for hazing
  • King, left, were hospitalized this week with infected leg wounds that may have resulted from fraternity hazing.
  • Groups found guilty of hazing can lose university recognition, funds, and use of campus facilities.
  • It reminded me of a fraternity hazing with the older monks giving the younger ones grief.
  • She may have decided that the hazing of a presidential campaign is simply not worth the uncertain reward.
  • In many ways, it's as much of a ritual hazing as it is a barrier to entry.
  • Reform medical education to be less of hazing and weed-out.
  • The school's seniors-to-be, for instance, have embarked on a hazing campaign aimed at next year's freshmen.
  • The system of teaching by poorly supervised hazing has no place in modern medicine.
  • It was as though they felt the hazing was a character-building experience for him.
  • It is regarded as a part of the training, as similar hazing is at military academies.
British Dictionary definitions for hazing

haze1

/heɪz/
noun
1.
(meteorol)
  1. reduced visibility in the air as a result of condensed water vapour, dust, etc, in the atmosphere
  2. the moisture or dust causing this
2.
obscurity of perception, feeling, etc
verb
3.
when intr, often foll by over. to make or become hazy
Word Origin
C18: back formation from hazy

haze2

/heɪz/
verb (transitive)
1.
(mainly US & Canadian) to subject (fellow students) to ridicule or abuse
2.
(nautical) to harass with humiliating tasks
Derived Forms
hazer, noun
Word Origin
C17: of uncertain origin
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Word Origin and History for hazing
n.

brutal initiation of college freshmen, 1848, said to be a Harvard word ("This word is used at Harvard College, to express the treatment which Freshmen sometimes receive from the higher classes, and especially from the Sophomores" -- "Collection of College Words and Customs," Boston, 1851); see haze (v.).

haze

v.

"subject to cruel horseplay," 1850, American English student slang, from earlier nautical sense of "punish by keeping at unpleasant and unnecessary hard work" (1840), perhaps from hawze "terrify, frighten, confound" (1670s), from Middle French haser "irritate, annoy" (mid-15c.), of unknown origin. Related: Hazed; hazing.

All hands were called to "come up and see it rain," and kept on deck hour after hour in a drenching rain, standing round the deck so far apart as to prevent our talking with one another, with our tarpaulins and oil-cloth jackets on, picking old rope to pieces or laying up gaskets and robands. This was often done, too, when we were lying in port with two anchors down, and no necessity for more than one man on deck as a look-out. This is what is called "hazing" a crew, and "working their old iron up." [Dana, "Two Years before the Mast," 1842]

n.

1706, probably a back-formation of hazy. Sense of "confusion, vagueness" is 1797. The English differentiation of haze, mist, fog (and other dialectal words) is unmatched in other tongues, where the same word generally covers all three and often "cloud" as well, and this may be seen as an effect of the English climate on the language.

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Slang definitions & phrases for hazing

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in a fog


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