When you drive 70 miles per hour in an area where the speed limit is only 55 miles per hour, this is an example of a situation where you violate the speed limit.
When you read someone's diary without permission, this is an example of when you violate his privacy.
When a man forces a woman to have sex with him against her will, this is an example of when he violates her.
Violated our privacy.
To violate someone's privacy.
To violate one's sense of decency.
Origin of violate
- Middle English violaten from Latin violāre violāt- from vīs vi- force weiə- in Indo-European roots
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition