Dictionary.com

violate

[ vahy-uh-leyt ]
/ ˈvaɪ əˌleɪt /
Save This Word!
See synonyms for: violate / violated / violating / violator on Thesaurus.com

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.
QUIZ
QUIZ YOURSELF ON AFFECT VS. EFFECT!
In effect, this quiz will prove whether or not you have the skills to know the difference between “affect” and “effect.”
Question 1 of 7
The rainy weather could not ________ my elated spirits on my graduation day.
Meet Grammar CoachWrite or paste your essay, email, or story into Grammar Coach and get grammar helpImprove Your Writing
Meet Grammar CoachImprove Your Writing
Write or paste your essay, email, or story into Grammar Coach and get grammar help

Origin of violate

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

OTHER WORDS FROM violate

Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2022

How to use violate in a sentence

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 of violate

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
FEEDBACK