- to break, infringe, or transgress (a law, rule, agreement, promise, instructions, etc.).
- to break in upon or disturb rudely; interfere thoughtlessly with: to violate his privacy.
- to break through or pass by force or without right: to violate a frontier.
- to treat irreverently or disrespectfully; desecrate; profane: violate a human right.
- to molest sexually, especially to rape.
Origin of violate
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Examples from the Web for violator
After exiting Def Jam Records in 2000, Lighty would strike out on his own, forming Violator Management and Violator Records.
Police say Chris Lighty, the Violator Records founder and legendary manager, killed himself.
Violator would soon suffer financially as the music industry experienced a downturn.
But I will protect my honour, and yonder is the violator of my fame.The Comedies of William Congreve
It was commonly known in Utah that Roberts was a violator of the Edmunds law.The Story of the Mormons
William Alexander Linn
The archbishop declared that I was the violator of the ecclesiastical immunity.
When the lamps were relighted she saw that the violator was her brother.The Central Eskimo
To apply the law to every violator of the food regulations was quite impossible.The Iron Ration
George Abel Schreiner
- to break, disregard, or infringe (a law, agreement, etc)
- to rape or otherwise sexually assault
- to disturb rudely or improperly; break in upon
- to treat irreverently or disrespectfully; outragehe violated a sanctuary
- obsolete to mistreat physically
- archaic violated or dishonoured
C15: from Latin violāre to do violence to, from vīs strength
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Word Origin and History for violator
early 15c., "to break" (an oath, etc.), from Latin violatus (see violation). Sense of "ravish" is first recorded mid-15c. Related: Violated; violating.
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