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Webster 1913 Edition


Violate

Vi′o-late

,
Verb.
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.
Shakespeare
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.

Webster 1828 Edition


Violate

VI'OLATE

,
Verb.
T.
[L. violo.]
1.
To injure; to hurt; to interrupt; to disturb; as, to violate sleep.
Kindness for man, and pity for his fate, may mix with bliss and yet not violate.
2.
To break; to infringe; to transgress; as, to violate the laws of the state, or the rules of good breeding; to violate the divine commands; to violate one's vows or promises. Promises and commands may be violated negatively, by non-observance.
3.
To injure; to do violence to.
Forbid to violate the sacred fruit.
4.
To treat with irreverence; to profane; as, to violate the sanctity of a holy place.
5.
To ravish; to compress by force.

Definition 2022


violate

violate

See also: Violâte

English

Verb

violate (third-person singular simple present violates, present participle violating, simple past and past participle violated)

  1. (sometimes computing) To break, disregard, disagree or not act according to (rules, conventions, etc.).
    The program tried to write to privileged memory, so it was flagged with a protect violate error.
    Accessing unauthorized files violates security protocol.
  2. (euphemistic) To rape.

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External links

  • violate in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913
  • violate in The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911

Italian

Verb

violate

  1. second-person plural present of violare
  2. second-person plural imperative of violare
  3. feminine plural past participle of violare

Anagrams


Latin

Verb

violāte

  1. first-person plural present active imperative of violō