molestation

[ moh-le-stey-shuhn, mol-e- ]
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noun
  1. touching a nonconsenting person, especially a child, in a sexual manner: He was arrested on charges of lewd and lascivious molestation and child abuse.: See also sexual abuse.

  2. an act or instance of interference with or violence against someone:Under the terms of the citadel’s surrender, the Persians were allowed to pass without molestation through the midst of the Roman army.

Origin of molestation

1
First recorded in 1600–10; molest + -ation

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