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harassment

noun [U]
 
 
/ˈhærəsmənt/
LAW illegal behaviour towards a person that causes mental or emotional suffering, which includes repeated unwanted contacts without a reasonable purpose, insults, threats, touching, or offensive language: The company investigated claims of workplace harassment and racial discrimination. Victims of harassment are able to take action in the courts to obtain damages. to be subject/subjected to harassment →  See also racial harassment , sexual harassment
behaviour towards someone that is threatening or that annoys or upsets them: As many as 1 in 3 teens who use the Internet had experienced some form of harassment online.
Translations of “harassment”
in Chinese (Traditional) 騷擾行爲…
in Russian преследование…
in Turkish tedirgin/rahatsız/taciz etme, bezdirme, usandırma…
in Chinese (Simplified) 骚扰行为…
in Polish molestowanie, nękanie…
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