verb (used with object)
Origin of molest
Synonyms for molest
Related Words for molestfondle, accost, maltreat, rape, injure, tease, frighten, harass, abuse, torment, persecute, scare, terrify, hinder, disturb, intrude, disorganize, displace, hurt, attack
Examples from the Web for molest
Historical Examples of molest
Of such as wandering near her secret bower, Molest her ancient solitary reign.
Word Origin for molest
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.