View synonyms for violated


[ vahy-uh-ley-tid ]


  1. (of a law, principle, promise, agreement, instruction, etc.) acted against; not kept or honored; broken or transgressed:

    The often violated rule of thumb is that families should not spend more than 30 percent of their budget on housing.

    After this betrayal by local authorities, it will take some effort to restore the violated trust of the community.

  2. (of something precious, sacred, beautiful, etc.) treated with disrespect or contempt; marred or desecrated:

    British art of the World War I era is full of images of a torn and violated landscape.

    The discovery of the violated tombs has caused pain and distress among the people of the area.

  3. sexually molested, especially raped:

    History shows repeatedly the difficulty for a violated woman to be heard and believed.

  4. rudely disturbed; thoughtlessly interfered with:

    They complain about their violated privacy, but then post way more online than anyone wants to know about them.

  5. (of a border, home, property, restricted space, etc.) broken through or into by force or without right:

    Law enforcement was able to get to the violated border point before the smuggler escaped.


  1. the simple past tense and past participle of violate.

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Other Words From

  • qua·si-vi·o·lat·ed adjective
  • un·vi·o·lat·ed adjective

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Word History and Origins

Origin of violated1

First recorded in 1535–45; violate ( def ) + -ed 2( def ) for the adjective senses; violate ( def ) + -ed 1( def ) for the verb sense

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Example Sentences

She has been recognized as damaged, adult in a way none of her classmates are, worthy of treatment that seems to violate the boundaries of normal student-teacher relationships.

From Vox

We hold that the challenged ordinances violate the First Amendment because they are content-based regulations of speech that cannot survive strict scrutiny.

Those who violate the curfew, including their parents or guardians, could face a $1,000 fine or a misdemeanor, officials said, noting that it is parents’ responsibility to ensure their children do not violate the curfew.

The law would allow students who are subjected to seclusion or restraint in a way that violates the law to file a civil lawsuit against the school or program.

In addition to flagging election misinformation, Facebook said it removed 265,000 posts on Instagram and Facebook for violating its policy against voter suppression.

From Fortune

At the west end of this bridge is the famous “Stone of the Violated Treaty,” mounted on a properly inscribed pedestal.

Violated Nature rebels, and avenges herself for all infractions of law.


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