hazing

Definition

Slang

  • noun teasing or humiliation, especially as part of a student initiation rite. An American version of the British ‘ragging’, but often with less light-hearted overtones. The word originated in naval use where it meant to oppress or harass. It probably has no etymological connection with other senses of haze, deriving instead from the archaic french haser, meaning to irritate.
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