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[vahy-uh-leyt] /ˈvaɪ əˌleɪt/
verb (used with object), violated, violating.
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
late Middle English
1400-50; late Middle English < Latin violātus, past participle of violāre to treat with violence, violate, apparently derivative of violentus violent (taking viol- as base); see -ate1
Related forms
violator, violater, noun
previolate, verb (used with object), previolated, previolating.
quasi-violated, adjective
reviolate, verb (used with object), reviolated, reviolating.
unviolated, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for violator
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  • Honesty is, however, the best policy in this business, and the smuggler is just as much a violator of the law as a burglar.

    How to Travel Thomas W. Knox
  • It was commonly known in Utah that Roberts was a violator of the Edmunds law.

    The Story of the Mormons William Alexander Linn
  • He who lies is a violator of its sacred laws, and exposes himself to the searching and grasping power of justice.

    Talkers John Bate
  • When the lamps were relighted she saw that the violator was her brother.

    The Central Eskimo Franz Boas
  • In Inglaterra, that violator of his own daughter, and the domestic thief would have been given the death sentence on the gallows.

  • A slave has never maintained an action against the violator of his bed.

    The Slavery Question John Lawrence
  • Never was there such a contemner of dignities, such a violator of high places and sanctities, as this very Master Edward.

British Dictionary definitions for violator


verb (transitive)
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; outrage: he violated a sanctuary
(obsolete) to mistreat physically
(archaic) violated or dishonoured
Derived Forms
violable, adjective
violability, violableness, noun
violably, adverb
violation, noun
violative, adjective
violator, violater, noun
Word Origin
C15: from Latin violāre to do violence to, from vīs strength
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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