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molest

[ muh-lest ]
/ məˈlɛst /
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verb (used with object)

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

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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.

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British Dictionary definitions for molest

molest
/ (məˈlɛst) /

verb (tr)

to disturb or annoy by malevolent interference
to accost or attack, esp with the intention of assaulting sexually

Derived forms of molest

molestation (ˌməʊlɛˈsteɪʃən), nounmolester, noun

Word Origin for molest

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