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Harass (verb)

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To Ha'rass. v.a. [harasser, French, from harasse, a heavy buckler, according to Du Cauge.] To weary; to fatigue; to tire with labour and uneasiness.

These troops came to the army but the day before, harassed with a long and wearisome march. Bacon's War with Spain.

Our walls are thinly mann'd, our best men slain;
The rest, an heartless number, spent with watching,
And harass'd out with duty.
Dryden's Spanish Fryar.

Nature oppress'd, and harass'd out with care,
Sinks down to rest.
Addison's Cato.

Sources: Addison, Joseph (408) · Bacon, Francis (396) · Dryden, John (788) · Du Cange, Charles (1)

Attributes: French (385) · Verb Active (289)

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Cite this page: Johnson, Samuel. "Harass (verb)." A Dictionary of the English Language: A Digital Edition of the 1755 Classic by Samuel Johnson. Edited by Brandi Besalke. Last modified: April 11, 2014. http://johnsonsdictionaryonline.com/?p=3800.


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