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.

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
Related formsvi·o·la·tor, vi·o·lat·er, nounpre·vi·o·late, verb (used with object), pre·vi·o·lat·ed, pre·vi·o·lat·ing.qua·si-vi·o·lat·ed, adjectivere·vi·o·late, verb (used with object), re·vi·o·lat·ed, re·vi·o·lat·ing.un·vi·o·lat·ed, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for violated

Historical Examples of violated

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

    Style in Singing

    W. E. Haslam

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

    In Unfamiliar England

    Thomas Dowler Murphy

British Dictionary definitions for violated


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


archaic violated or dishonoured
Derived Formsviolable, adjectiveviolability or violableness, nounviolably, adverbviolation, nounviolative, adjectiveviolator or violater, noun

Word Origin for violate

C15: from Latin violāre to do violence to, from vīs strength
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Word Origin and History for violated



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper