I. transitive verb (-lated; -lating) Etymology: Middle English, from Latin violatus, past participle of violare, from viol- (as in violentus violent) Date: 15th century 1. break, disregard <
violate the law
2. to do harm to the person or especially the chastity of; specifically rape 2 3. to fail to show proper respect for ; profane <
violate a shrine
4. interrupt, disturb <
violate the peace of a spring evening — Nancy Larter
violative adjectiveviolator noun II. adjective Date: 15th century archaic subjected to violation

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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