Violate Definition

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violated, violates, violating
To break (a law, rule, promise, etc.); fail to keep or observe; infringe on.
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To commit a sexual assault on; often, specif., to rape (a woman)
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To desecrate or profane (something sacred)
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To break in upon; interrupt thoughtlessly; disturb.
To violate someone's privacy.
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To offend, insult, or outrage.
To violate one's sense of decency.
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Origin of Violate

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

    From Wiktionary

  • 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

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