Accost vs Harrass - What's the difference?

accost | harrass |

As verbs the difference between accost and harrass

is that accost is to approach and speak to boldly or aggressively, as with a demand or request while harrass is .

As a noun accost

is (rare) address; greeting.




(en verb)
  • To approach and speak to boldly or aggressively, as with a demand or request.
  • *{{quote-news, date = 21 August 2012
  • , first = Ed , last = Pilkington , title = Death penalty on trial: should Reggie Clemons live or die? , newspaper = The Guardian , url = , page = , passage = The Missouri prosecutors' case against Clemons, based partly on incriminating testimony given by his co-defendants, was that Clemons was part of a group of four youths who accosted the sisters on the Chain of Rocks Bridge one dark night in April 1991. }}
  • (obsolete) To join side to side; to border; hence, to sail along the coast or side of.
  • * So much [of Lapland] as accosts the sea. - Fuller
  • (obsolete) To approach; to come up to.
  • (Shakespeare)
  • To speak to first; to address; to greet.
  • * Milton
  • Him, Satan thus accosts .
  • * 1847 , , (Jane Eyre), Chapter XVIII
  • She approached the basin, and bent over it as if to fill her pitcher; she again lifted it to her head. The personage on the well-brink now seemed to accost her; to make some request—"She hasted, let down her pitcher on her hand, and gave him to drink."
  • (obsolete) To adjoin; to lie alongside.
  • * Spenser
  • the shores which to the sea accost
  • * Fuller
  • so much [of Lapland] as accosts the sea
  • To solicit sexually.
  • Derived terms

    * accostment


    (en noun)
  • (rare) Address; greeting.
  • Anagrams





    to harrass
  • (dated) To harass
  • Quotations

    *1829 Jared Sparks - The Correspondence of the American Revolution *:If the Americans have horse well trained to the woods, it will harrass such an army infinitely