harassment

If someone is abusing, insulting, or otherwise harming you on a regular basis, it's called harassment. Cruel and usually really annoying, harassment is also illegal in some cases.

Harassment is a word that describes any kind of ongoing torment. At school, harassment is often known as bullying. In the workplace, employees need to be careful about sexual harassment. Harassment involves persistent attacks or abuse, and can range from shouting racial slurs to crank calling your ex-boyfriend every night at 3am. Even teasing your kid sister about her braces could be considered harassment.

Definitions of harassment
  1. noun
    the act of tormenting by continued persistent attacks and criticism
    synonyms: molestation
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    baiting
    harassment especially of a tethered animal
    badgering, bedevilment, torment, worrying
    the act of harassing someone
    sexual harassment
    unwelcome sexual behavior by a supervisor toward an employee
    ribbing, tantalization, tease, teasing
    the act of harassing someone playfully or maliciously (especially by ridicule); provoking someone with persistent annoyances
    witch-hunt
    searching out and harassing dissenters
    McCarthyism
    unscrupulously accusing people of disloyalty (as by saying they were Communists)
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    mistreatment
    the practice of treating (someone or something) badly
  2. noun
    a feeling of intense annoyance caused by being tormented
    “so great was his harassment that he wanted to destroy his tormentors”
    synonyms: torment
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    annoyance, chafe, vexation
    anger produced by some annoying irritation
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