from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To break or disregard (a law or promise, for example).
- transitive v. To assault (a person) sexually.
- transitive v. To do harm to (property or qualities considered sacred); desecrate or defile.
- transitive v. To disturb rudely or improperly; interrupt: violated our privacy.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To break, disregard, disagree or not act according to (rules, conventions, etc.).
- v. To rape.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To treat in a violent manner; to abuse.
- transitive v. To do violence to, as to anything that should be held sacred or respected; to profane; to desecrate; to break forcibly; to trench upon; to infringe.
- transitive v. To disturb; to interrupt.
- transitive v. To commit rape on; to ravish; to outrage.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To treat roughly or injuriously; handle so as to harm or hurt; do violence to; outrage.
- To break in upon; interrupt; disturb.
- To desecrate; dishonor; treat with irreverence; profane, or meddle with profanely.
- To infringe; transgress, as a contract, law, promise, or the like, either by a positive act contrary to the promise, etc., or by neglect or non-fulfilment: as, to violate confidence.
- To ravish; deflower by force; commit rape on.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. act in disregard of laws, rules, contracts, or promises
- v. destroy
- v. fail to agree with; be in violation of; as of rules or patterns
- v. force (someone) to have sex against their will
- v. destroy and strip of its possession
- v. violate the sacred character of a place or language
Middle English violaten, from Latin violāre, violāt-, from vīs, vi-, force; see weiə- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin violatus, past participle of violare ("treat with violence, whether bodily or mental"), from vis ("strength, power, force, violence") (Wiktionary)