verb (used with object), vi·o·lat·ed, vi·o·lat·ing.
Origin of violate
Related Words for violatecontravene, defy, infringe, offend, oppose, disregard, breach, disrupt, disobey, abuse, invade, withstand, err, profane, meddle, resist, trespass, contaminate, encroach, outrage
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Historical Examples of violate
Violate the tombs, if she has taken refuge in the abodes of death, far within some passage or hypogeum.The Works of Theophile Gautier, Volume 5
Word Origin for violate
early 15c., "to break" (an oath, etc.), from Latin violatus (see violation). Sense of "ravish" is first recorded mid-15c. Related: Violated; violating.