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    vil is offline VIP Member
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    hazing, bulling, mobbing

    Dear teachers,

    Would you been kind enough to share with me your opinion concerning the mentioned below interpretations of the expressions in bold in the following sentences?

    Vladimir Putin on Friday urged military officers to keep a closer watch over their men to prevent hazing..

    Vicious hazing of young conscripts by older soldiers has permeated the Russian armed forces, leading to an increasing number of suicides, shoot-outs and other violent crimes.

    The doctor said hazing victims sometimes hide the real cause of injuries out of shame or to protect those who caused the harm.

    hazing = bulling, mobbing

    haze = bully, badger; grossly, jeer (usually over novices) as, in:

    Two of our roughs began to haze him.

    Thanks for your efforts.

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    V.

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    Tdol is offline Editor, UsingEnglish.com
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    Re: hazing, bulling, mobbing

    I just wanted to say that I don't think I have come across this usage in BrE and it isn't in some of online dictionaries (Cambridge/Collins Cobuild). The examples seem fine.

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    Re: hazing, bulling, mobbing

    Hazing involves subjecting new members of a group to initiation rites that are often abusive and humiliating. I associate hazing with college fraternities in the US and, most especially, the Russian military. This is from Time magazine (21 June, 2010):

    'Many of these soldiers, relatives and rights activists say, are driven to suicide by a pernicious tradition of brutal hazing in the Russian military known as dedovshchina a banned but widespread practice that includes the physical and psychological abuse of recruits by older officers.'


    Russian Army Suicides: Brutal Hazing -- and Organ Harvesting? - TIME

    and for more on hazing:

    Hazing - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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