Examples of violate
Examples of violate
Where does violate come from?
Violate has violent origins. Indeed, the two words are related. They both come from a Latin root meaning “to treat with violence.”
The verb violate was first recorded in the 1400s for “sexually assaulting or raping someone” and soon after “breaking a rule or law.”
Zoom ahead to the 1960s, when violate expanded as a slang term for “forfeiting one’s parole” due to a violation of its conditions. This of course would result in being sent back to prison.
In the 1990s, violate evolved as a black slang term for “personally attacking someone,” whether as an insult or assault. We find this violate in hip-hop lyrics, such as Twista’s 1997 “Overdose”: “Violate him but can’t annihilate him.”
Juicy J dropped violate on his 2010 “Niggaz Violate” and Young M.A. on his 2017 “OOOUUU,” showing the spread of this slang sense.
Who uses violate?
Violate can be very formal. It’s a word often used in legal and political discourse. Many feel as if others have violated their rights or well-being, for instance.
Myth: Cameras violate an individuals right to privacy and dignity.
— Care Protect (@CareProtectLtd) December 26, 2018
Violate remains a term for sexual abuse or rape. If someone feels violated more generally, they mean they feel they’ve been extremely disrespected.
In slang, if you were to sling insults at someone—or violate them—you’d be hitting them below the belt.
I knew I matured knowing I could violate…. but DON’T 🙌🏽
— sweet bri (@1tabriaa) December 26, 2018
On a much less serious note, however, people can also violate things or people in more playful ways, especially regarding accepted codes of conduct. Bro code? Don’t violate it. How about a roommate agreement? That also should remained un-violated. If you’re in a healthy competition against someone, violating them can mean the same thing as dominating–or owning–them.
Don’t take your cousin with you because I’ve just absolutely VIOLATED him at monopoly
— Chantelle (@chanwhitey) January 14, 2019