molest

[muh-lest]

verb (used with object)

to bother, interfere with, or annoy.
to make indecent sexual advances to.
to assault sexually.

Origin of molest

1325–75; Middle English molesten < Latin molestāre to irk, derivative of molestus irksome; compare mōlēs mass, burden, trouble
Related formsmo·les·ta·tion [moh-le-stey-shuhn, mol-e-] /ˌmoʊ lɛˈsteɪ ʃən, ˌmɒl ɛ-/, nounmo·lest·er, nounmo·lest·ful, adjectiveun·mo·lest·ed, adjectiveun·mo·lest·ing, adjective

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molest

verb (tr)

to disturb or annoy by malevolent interference
to accost or attack, esp with the intention of assaulting sexually
Derived Formsmolestation (ˌməʊlɛˈsteɪʃən), nounmolester, noun

Word Origin for molest

C14: from Latin molestāre to annoy, from molestus troublesome, from mōlēs mass
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Word Origin and History for molest
v.

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.

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