- to bother, interfere with, or annoy.
- to make indecent sexual advances to.
- to assault sexually.
Origin of molest
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Examples from the Web for molest
Of such as wandering near her secret bower, Molest her ancient solitary reign.
- to disturb or annoy by malevolent interference
- to accost or attack, esp with the intention of assaulting sexually
Word Origin and History for molest
late 14c., "to cause trouble, grief, or vexation," from Old French molester "to torment, trouble, bother" (12c.) and directly from Latin molestare "to disturb, trouble, annoy," from molestus "troublesome, annoying, unmanageable," perhaps related to moles "mass" (see mole (n.3)) on notion of either "burden" or "barrier." Meaning "sexually assault" first attested 1950. Related: Molested; molesting.