molest

[ muh-lest ]
/ məˈlɛst /

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 forms

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British Dictionary definitions for molestation

molest

/ (məˈlɛst) /

verb (tr)

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

Derived Forms

molestation (ˌməʊlɛˈsteɪʃən), nounmolester, noun

Word Origin for molest

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