Define hazing: the action of hazing; especially: an initiation process involving harassment. The list is a minimum number of deaths directly and indirectly associated with hazing. Every attempt to keep the list current has been made by moderator Hank Nuwer, but certainly some deaths not reported in media stories (or reported only as accidents) are missing from the list. Email him at [email protected] with. Hazing (US English), initiation ceremonies (British English), bastardisation ( Australian English), ragging (South Asia), or deposition, refers to the practice of rituals, challenges, and other activities involving harassment, abuse or humiliation used as a way of initiating a person into a group including a new fraternity, sorority.