from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Persistent attacks and criticism causing worry and distress.
  • n. Deliberate pestering or annoying.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The act of harassing, or state of being harassed; worry; annoyance; anxiety.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The act of harassing, or the state of being harassed; vexation; that which harasses or vexes.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the act of tormenting by continued persistent attacks and criticism
  • n. a feeling of intense annoyance caused by being tormented


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  • Me neither.

    I saw some stupid commercial last night in which a young man said that "being American" was the greatest feeling he could have. Really? A feeling?

    August 15, 2008

  • I wouldn't have said harassment was a feeling, which is what the top two WeirdNet definitions imply.

    August 15, 2008