SYNONYMS | EXAMPLES | WORD ORIGIN 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 mo·les·ta·tion , [moh-le- stey-sh uhn, 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
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Examples from the Web for molester Contemporary Examples of molester British Dictionary definitions for molester verb (tr) to disturb or annoy by malevolent interference to accost or attack, esp with the intention of assaulting sexually Derived Forms molestation ( ˌməʊlɛˈsteɪʃən), noun molester, noun Word Origin for molest
C14: from Latin
molestāre to annoy, from molestus troublesome, from mōlēs mass
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Word Origin and History for molester n.
1570s, agent noun from
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.
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