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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.
(Definition of harassment from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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