violate

[ vahy-uh-leyt ]
/ ˈvaɪ əˌleɪt /

verb (used with object), vi·o·lat·ed, vi·o·lat·ing.

to break, infringe, or transgress (a law, rule, agreement, promise, instructions, etc.).
to break in upon or disturb rudely; interfere thoughtlessly with: to violate his privacy.
to break through or pass by force or without right: to violate a frontier.
to treat irreverently or disrespectfully; desecrate; profane: violate a human right.
to molest sexually, especially to rape.

Nearby words

  1. viola d'amore,
  2. viola da braccio,
  3. viola da gamba,
  4. violable,
  5. violaceous,
  6. violation,
  7. violative,
  8. violence,
  9. violent,
  10. violent storm

Origin of violate

1400–50; late Middle English < Latin violātus, past participle of violāre to treat with violence, violate, apparently derivative of violentus violent (taking viol- as base); see -ate1

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British Dictionary definitions for violate

violate

/ (ˈvaɪəˌleɪt) /

verb (tr)

to break, disregard, or infringe (a law, agreement, etc)
to rape or otherwise sexually assault
to disturb rudely or improperly; break in upon
to treat irreverently or disrespectfully; outragehe violated a sanctuary
obsolete to mistreat physically

adjective

archaic violated or dishonoured
Derived Forms

Word Origin for violate

C15: from Latin violāre to do violence to, from vīs strength

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Word Origin and History for violate

violate

v.

early 15c., "to break" (an oath, etc.), from Latin violatus (see violation). Sense of "ravish" is first recorded mid-15c. Related: Violated; violating.

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