ha·rass /hə-'ras, 'har-əs/ vt [Middle French harasser to exhaust, fatigue, from harer to set a dog on, from Old French hare, interjection used to incite dogs]: to subject persistently and wrongfully to annoying, offensive, or troubling behavior
a collection agency harass ing a debtor see also sexual harassment
ha·rass·er n
ha·rass·ment n

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. . 1996.

I verb afflict, agitate, agonize, anger, annoy, arouse, arrogate, assail, badger, be malevolent, bedevil, beset, besiege, bludgeon, bother, browbeat, burden, coerce, confound, convulse, discompose, dispirit, disquiet, distress, disturb, enrage, exagitare, excite, excruciate, goad, grieve, harbor a grudge, harrow, harry, haunt, heckle, ill-treat, ill-use, incense, incommode, infest, infuriate, injure persistently, intimidate, intrude upon, irritate, malign, maltreat, misuse, mock, obsess, oppress, outrage, overburden, overdrive, overrun, overstrain, overtax, overwork, pester, plague, prey upon, provoke, rankle, sollicitare, spite, strain, terrorize, torment, trouble, tyrannize, upbraid, vex, vexare, victimize, wear down, weigh on associated concepts: barratry, harassing a witness II index annoy, badger, browbeat, discompose, distress, harrow, hector, importune, incense, inflict, intimidate, irritate, mistreat, molest (annoy), persecute, perturb, pique, prey, provoke

Burton's Legal Thesaurus. . 2006

(1) To pressure, intimidate, or attack repeatedly; to annoy; to insult or abuse verbally.
(2) To bring a criminal prosecution against someone without a reasonable expectation of conviction.
harassment See also harassment, sexual

The Essential Law Dictionary. — Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. . 2008.

To engage in harassment.
Category: Employment Law & HR → Employee Rights
Category: Employment Law & HR → Human Resources

Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary. . 2009.

   (either harris or [huh-rass])
   systematic and/or continual unwanted and annoying pestering, which often includes threats and demands. This can include lewd or offensive remarks, sexual advances, threatening telephone calls from collection agencies, hassling by police officers or bringing criminal charges without cause.
   See also: harassment, sexual harassment

Law dictionary. . 2013.

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