- 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.
Origin of violate
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Related Words for violatedcontravene, defy, infringe, offend, oppose, disregard, breach, disrupt, disobey, abuse, invade, withstand, err, profane, meddle, resist, trespass, contaminate, encroach, outrage
Examples from the Web for violated
Historical Examples of violated
- 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
- archaic violated or dishonoured
Word Origin for violate
C15: from Latin violāre to do violence to, from vīs strength
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
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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