Definition of hazing in English:

hazing

noun

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’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The facts of hazing are no secret to anyone in the units.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It's an attempt to break down the weak, like the hazing in boot camp.’
    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’
      • ‘Certainly, there is also the possibility that pledging - and the hazing which invariably accompanies it - cannot be stopped at all.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The fraternity's national organization suspended the local chapter amid reports of hazing.’
      • ‘You can't expect to break into the fraternity without a little hazing.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Although hazing is banned, freshmen endure an emotionally, physically, and intellectually rigorous first year.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘It seems the awful practice of hazing is not just limited to college sororities and fraternities.’
      • ‘Albert said the sorority has an official policy against hazing which is included in its handbooks and brochures.’
      • ‘From TV shows where contestants are verbally abused to sports team hazing parties, humiliation is tolerated and even expected.’
      • ‘Black Greeks must address the ‘openly known secret’ of hazing that we practice in our organizations.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Kappa Alpha Psi's violent history of hazing has repeated itself.’
      • ‘The website has displayed scores of ugly photographs of hazing on female teams.’
      • ‘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.’

Pronunciation

hazing

/ˈhāziNG//ˈheɪzɪŋ/