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Meaning of VIOLATE

Pronunciation:  'vIu`leyt

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [v]  destroy; "Don't violate my garden"; "violate my privacy"
  2. [v]  destroy and strip of its possession; "The soldiers raped the beautiful country"
  3. [v]  act in disregard of laws and rules; "offend all laws of humanity"; "violate the basic laws or human civilization"; "break a law"
  4. [v]  assault sexually; force to have sex
  5. [v]  violate the sacred character of a place or language; "desecrate a cemetary"; "violate the sanctity of the church"; "profane the name of God"
  6. [v]  fail to agree with; be in violation of; as of rules or patterns; "He violated the agreement to stay away from his ex-wife"; "You are breaking the law!"

VIOLATE is a 7 letter word that starts with V.


 Synonyms: breach, break, break, desecrate, despoil, dishonor, dishonour, go against, go against, infract, offend, outrage, plunder, profane, rape, rape, ravish, spoil, transgress
 Antonyms: conform to
 See Also: assail, assault, attack, blunder, boob, conflict, contravene, destroy, disrespect, disturb, gang-rape, goof, infringe, intrude, ruin, run afoul, set on, sin, sin, touch, transgress, trespass, trespass



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Vi"o*late\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Violates}; p. pr. &
vb. n. {Violating}.] [L. violatus, p. p. of violare to
violate, fr. vis strength, force. See {Violent}.]
1. To treat in a violent manner; to abuse.

         His wife Boadicea violated with stripes, his
         daughters with rape.                  --Milton.

2. 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.

         Violated vows 'Twixt the souls of friend and friend.

         Oft have they violated The temple, oft the law, with
         foul affronts.                        --Milton.

3. To disturb; to interrupt. ``Employed, it seems, to violate
   sleep.'' --Milton.

4. To commit rape on; to ravish; to outrage.

Syn: To injure; disturb; interrupt; infringe; transgress;
     profane; deflour; debauch; dishonor.