Variant of violate
- to break (a law, rule, promise, etc.); fail to keep or observe; infringe on
- to commit a sexual assault on; esp., to rape (a woman)
- to desecrate or profane (something sacred)
- to break in upon; interrupt thoughtlessly; disturb: to violate someone's privacy
- to offend, insult, or outrage: to violate one's sense of decency
Origin: Middle English violaten from Classical Latin violatus, past participle of violare, to use force or violence, akin to vis, force
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