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. Shak.

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 1913.

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