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Definition persistently annoy


repeatedly attack to weaken or hinder
  • This man harasses his female co-workers
harasses = persistently annoys
  • We can't defeat them, but we can harass them as they move through the forest.
  • There are laws to protect debtors from excessive harassment from collection agencies.
  • He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harass our People, and eat out their substance.
    The Declaration of Independence
  • When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd.
    Matthew 9:36 (NIV)
  • He felt that the cop was harassing him.
    Angie Thomas  --  The Hate U Give
  • harassing = using authority to torment in an unfair manner
  • He could tell I was grumpy, but instead of harassing me about the cause, he just squeezed my hand, kissed me on the cheek, and bought me candy in hopes of making me smile again.
    Kody Keplinger  --  The DUFF: (Designated Ugly Fat Friend)
  • harassing = persistently annoying
  • I had stopped harassing Buffo so that Janina would also stop, but it didn't work.
    Jerry Spinelli  --  Milkweed
  • harassing = persistently annoying
  • The harassment of the hamlets and villages is part of the whole movement.
    Walter Dean Myers  --  Fallen Angels
  • harassment = persistently annoy


    repeatedly attack to weaken or hinder
  • But I heard about you harassing a female student in the parking lot today.
    Simone Elkeles  --  Perfect Chemistry
  • harassing = persistently annoying
  • All we know is that they are said to live deep in the forest, that they welcome runaways, and that they harass the white, man's plantations and plan his destruction?
    Alice Walker  --  The Color Purple
  • harass = repeatedly attack to weaken
  • Sekani saw cops harass his daddy, but he's doing so well in school.
    Angie Thomas  --  The Hate U Give
  • harass = use authority to torment in an unfair manner
  • "To me it looks like this young man was harassing you, sir," the black one says, still looking at Daddy.
    Angie Thomas  --  The Hate U Give
  • harassing = persistently annoying
  • Nothing existed at the corners of my mind; no irritating thoughts harassed me.
    Kody Keplinger  --  The DUFF: (Designated Ugly Fat Friend)
  • I'd managed to steer clear of Wesley for a week and a half—since the day he'd harassed me after school — but Mrs. Perkins had to go and screw that up.
    Kody Keplinger  --  The DUFF: (Designated Ugly Fat Friend)
  • Technically, I could report you for harassment.
    Kody Keplinger  --  The DUFF: (Designated Ugly Fat Friend)
  • When he dismissed me from the camp, Akhilleus told me clearly they will not harass us, not until dawn comes for the twelfth day.
    Homer  --  The Iliad
  • For decades, Colonel Kassad, forces of the TechnoCore had been harassing the Ouster swarms wherever they fled.
    Dan Simmons  --  Hyperion
  • Ta-Kumsaw immediately depoloyed his men to harass the enemy.
    Orson Scott Card  --  Red Prophet
  • The harassed wolf turned, leaped high into the air, and snapped at one of the skis.
    Farley Mowat  --  Never Cry Wolf

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