[ muh-lest ]
/ məˈlɛst /
verb (used with object)
to bother, interfere with, or annoy.
to make indecent sexual advances to.
to assault sexually.
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Origin of molest
1325–75; Middle English molesten < Latin molestāre to irk, derivative of molestus irksome; compare mōlēs mass, burden, trouble
OTHER WORDS FROM molest
mo·les·ta·tion [moh-le-stey-shuhn, mol-e-] /ˌmoʊ lɛˈsteɪ ʃən, ˌmɒl ɛ-/, nounmo·lest·er, nounmo·lest·ful, adjectiveun·mo·lest·ed, adjective
Words nearby molest
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Example sentences from the Web for molest
Of such as wandering near her secret bower, Molest her ancient solitary reign.
British Dictionary definitions for molest
/ (məˈlɛst) /
to disturb or annoy by malevolent interference
to accost or attack, esp with the intention of assaulting sexually
Derived forms of molestmolestation (ˌməʊlɛˈsteɪʃən), nounmolester, noun
Word Origin for molest
C14: from Latin molestāre to annoy, from molestus troublesome, from mōlēs mass
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