Definition of hazing in US English:



North American
  • 1The imposition of strenuous, often humiliating, tasks as part of a program of rigorous physical training and initiation.

    ‘army cadets were hospitalized for injuries caused by hazing’
    • ‘The facts of hazing are no secret to anyone in the units.’
    • ‘It's an attempt to break down the weak, like the hazing in boot camp.’
    • ‘The videotape chronicled Tony's start at a fire station - his training, his hazing, and the eventual ride to his first fire.’
    • ‘The recent hazing of servicemen has prompted parents to go to great lengths to get their sons out of the military.’
    • ‘Other incidents involving abusive hazing of Army recruits have also prompted criticism of the defense minister.’
    • ‘Mothers will be terrified at handing over their sons to a military notorious for its brutal hazing of recruits.’
    • ‘Reports of soldiers being subjected to hazing and mistreatment by senior servicemen are widespread in the Army.’
    • ‘Corporal punishment and physical hazing of American soldiers was still permitted, including use of the stockade.’
    1. 1.1 Humiliating and sometimes dangerous initiation rituals, especially as imposed on college students seeking membership to a fraternity or sorority.
      ‘seven officers of the fraternity were charged with hazing’
      • ‘From TV shows where contestants are verbally abused to sports team hazing parties, humiliation is tolerated and even expected.’
      • ‘You can't expect to break into the fraternity without a little hazing.’
      • ‘An initiation rite most often associated with fraternities and sororities, hazing isn't a new phenomenon in older kids and young adults.’
      • ‘A great deal of hazing went on between older and younger students, the older ones giving and the younger ones taking.’
      • ‘The pattern of illegal hazing that has threatened the survival of Black fraternities and sororities has once again repeated itself with deadly and devastating consequences.’
      • ‘The fraternity's national organization suspended the local chapter amid reports of hazing.’
      • ‘The website has displayed scores of ugly photographs of hazing on female teams.’
      • ‘The school's reputation for hazing was well known throughout the community.’
      • ‘What most surprised me about law school was that it often seemed like less of a learning experience than hazing.’
      • ‘College and athletic hazing can involve forcing people to remove their clothing in order to make them more vulnerable.’
      • ‘It seems the awful practice of hazing is not just limited to college sororities and fraternities.’
      • ‘Although hazing is banned, freshmen endure an emotionally, physically, and intellectually rigorous first year.’
      • ‘Albert said the sorority has an official policy against hazing which is included in its handbooks and brochures.’
      • ‘The students, many of whom have been victims of incidents of hazing, spoke about the lack of leadership they receive from advisers and student affairs personnel.’
      • ‘Certainly, there is also the possibility that pledging - and the hazing which invariably accompanies it - cannot be stopped at all.’
      • ‘There is still much work to be done by Greek letter organization officials to convince students that hazing is illegal and will not be tolerated.’
      • ‘Black Greeks must address the ‘openly known secret’ of hazing that we practice in our organizations.’
      • ‘I guess it's a preview of the hazing we'll get once we enter college.’
      • ‘Old-fashioned schoolyard hazing has escalated to instances of extortion, emotional terrorism, and kids toting guns to school.’
      • ‘Kappa Alpha Psi's violent history of hazing has repeated itself.’