Origin of English word HARASS

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English Word

HARASS

Edenic Word

HaRah$

Hebrew Word

הרס

Transliteration

Hey-Resh-Samekh

Pronounciation

Huh-RUSS

Conversion

[HRS]

Roots

HARASS has no Indo-European “root”.   A relevant IE “root” of violence is koro, war, seen at GUERRILLA.  There you’ll find English words like HARRY, to savage, ruin, and Edenic words like חרב  Het-Resh-Bet (the Hebrew literal sword and figurative war, and the Arabic literal war).

Dictionaries find nothing better than Old French harasser, to tire out, vex.  So, modern usage has toned down HARASS to mere troubling and tormenting an opponent.

The obscure meaning of HARASS, however, is “waste, devastation” (Webster’s). 

  הרס HaRah$ in Isaiah 49:19 means “ruin.” In Psalms 58:7 it is translated “broken down.”

חרס   [K]HaRaS in Proverbs 3:29 is about devising harm, more like the milder HARASSMENT.   


Branches

At the GUERRILLA entry, one discovers that even a safe word like HARBOR is a martial H-R word. Japanese kowasu is to break, destroy, ruin. For more on the Raish-to-W shift, see NEW.


Related Words

NEW



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