Definition of violate in English:


Line breaks: vio|late
Pronunciation: /ˈvʌɪəleɪt


[with object]
  • 2Treat (something sacred) with irreverence or disrespect: he was accused of violating a tomb
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    • All accused of violating the sacred space of the child are immediately assumed to be guilty.
    • Native American petitioners had argued that the project would seriously damage what they held sacred and therefore violate the Free Exercise Clause of the First Amendment.
    • I believe the President has violated this sacred trust between the leaders and those of whom he was entrusted to lead.
    desecrate, profane, treat sacrilegiously, treat with disrespect, blaspheme, defile, degrade, debase; damage, vandalize, deface, destroy
    North American informal trash
  • 3Rape or sexually assault (someone).
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    • ‘When the film came out I felt undressed, and not just because I was sexually violated,’ she says, toying with her fruit salad.
    • In the meantime, paedophiles and rapists are out in the community, doing what they do best, because raping, abusing, and violating women and children is all they know.
    • The idea of who wants what, where, and when sexually can be expressed without violating anyone and without getting anyone raped.
    rape, indecently assault, sexually assault, assault, force oneself on, force, sexually abuse, abuse, molest, interfere with, seduce
    informal pop someone's cherry, bed
    euphemistic have one's (evil) way with, take advantage of
    dated ravish, deflower, defile, dishonour, ruin, take away someone's innocence



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  • The Immigration and Refugee Board has a policy of rejecting refugee claimants who qualify as war criminals or human rights violators.
  • Copyright violators in Thailand face criminal liability, incurring both fines and jail terms.
  • As a repeat offender and habitual parole violator, this time he is facing up to four years in the big house.


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  • What is relevant here is that the logic of instrumentality also leads powerfully in the direction of seeing women as violable.
  • The inviolable schoolgirl is on the front cover, and then the very violable indeed schoolgirl on page 3.
  • This approach is demonstrated to be superior to alternative analyses that do not make reference to ranked and violable constraints.


late Middle English: from Latin violat- 'treated violently', from the verb violare.

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