Etymology
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violate (v.)

early 15c., "to break" (an oath, etc.), from Latin violatus, past participle of violare "treat with violence, dishonor, outrage" (see violation). Sense of "ravish" is first recorded mid-15c. Related: Violated; violating.

updated on March 15, 2014

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Definitions of violate from WordNet

violate (v.)
fail to agree with; be in violation of; as of rules or patterns;
This sentence violates the rules of syntax
Synonyms: go against / break
violate (v.)
act in disregard of laws, rules, contracts, or promises;
violate the basic laws or human civilization
Synonyms: transgress / offend / infract / go against / breach / break
violate (v.)
destroy;
violate my privacy
Don't violate my garden
violate (v.)
violate the sacred character of a place or language;
violate the sanctity of the church
Synonyms: desecrate / profane / outrage
violate (v.)
force (someone) to have sex against their will;
violate (v.)
destroy and strip of its possession;
Synonyms: rape / spoil / despoil / plunder
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