Violate 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. [1913 Webster]

His wife Boadicea violated with stripes, his daughters with rape. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

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. [1913 Webster]

Violated vows 'Twixt the souls of friend and friend. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

Oft have they violated The temple, oft the law, with foul affronts. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

3. To disturb; to interrupt. ``Employed, it seems, to violate sleep.'' --Milton. [1913 Webster]

4. To commit rape on; to ravish; to outrage. [1913 Webster]

Syn: To injure; disturb; interrupt; infringe; transgress; profane; deflour; debauch; dishonor. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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