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verb (used with object)
  1. to make indecent sexual advances to.

  2. to assault sexually.

  1. Older Use. to bother, interfere with, or annoy.

Origin of molest

First recorded in 1325–75; Middle English molesten, from Latin molestāre “to irk,” derivative of molestus “irksome”; compare mōlēs “mass, burden, trouble”

synonym study For molest

3. See attack.

Other words for molest

Other words from molest

  • mo·les·ta·tion [moh-le-stey-shuhn, mol-e-], /ˌmoʊ lɛˈsteɪ ʃən, ˌmɒl ɛ-/, noun
  • mo·lest·er, noun
  • mo·lest·ful, adjective
  • un·mo·lest·ed, adjective
  • un·mo·lest·ing, adjective

Words Nearby molest Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use molest in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for molest


/ (məˈlɛst) /

  1. to disturb or annoy by malevolent interference

  2. to accost or attack, esp with the intention of assaulting sexually

Origin of molest

C14: from Latin molestāre to annoy, from molestus troublesome, from mōlēs mass

Derived forms of molest

  • molestation (ˌməʊlɛˈsteɪʃən), noun
  • molester, noun

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