Definition of ‘bullying’ changed after campaign

All major dictionary companies have agreed to change their definition of ‘bully’, following a youth-led campaign supported by The Diana Award, which runs the Anti-Bullying Campaign in the UK and Ireland. The definition has been changed to remove the connotation that people who are bullied are ‘weak’.

The original definition of a bully was ‘a person who uses strength or influence to intimidate those who are weaker’. The new definition is ‘a person who habitually seeks to harm or intimidate those whom they perceive as vulnerable’. The success of the campaign was announced on Stand Up To Bullying Day on 13 June.


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