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Date: 1600-1700
Language: French
Origin: harasser, from harer 'to set a dog on'

harass

verb
     
har‧ass [transitive]
1 to make someone's life unpleasant, for example by frequently saying offensive things to them or threatening them:
A number of black youths have complained of being harassed by the police.
sexually/racially harass somebody (=harass someone because of their sex or race)
One woman claimed that she had been sexually harassed by a male manager.
2 to keep attacking an enemy again and again

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