Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • transitive verb To disregard or act in a manner that does not conform to (a law or promise, for example).
  • transitive verb To assault (a person) sexually.
  • transitive verb To do harm to (property or qualities considered sacred); desecrate or defile.
  • transitive verb To disturb rudely or improperly; interrupt.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • 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 the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • transitive verb To treat in a violent manner; to abuse.
  • transitive verb 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 verb To disturb; to interrupt.
  • transitive verb To commit rape on; to ravish; to outrage.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • verb To break, disregard, disagree or not act according to (rules, conventions, etc.).
  • verb To rape.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • verb act in disregard of laws, rules, contracts, or promises
  • verb destroy
  • verb fail to agree with; be in violation of; as of rules or patterns
  • verb force (someone) to have sex against their will
  • verb destroy and strip of its possession
  • verb violate the sacred character of a place or language

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Middle English violaten, from Latin violāre, violāt-, from vīs, vi-, force; see weiə- in Indo-European roots.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Latin violatus, past participle of violare ("treat with violence, whether bodily or mental"), from vis ("strength, power, force, violence")

Examples

Comments

Log in or sign up to get involved in the conversation. It's quick and easy.