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violate

vi·o·late

violate

 
 
pronunciation:
vaI leIt
features:
Word Combinations (verb)
part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: violated, violates, violating
definition 1: to break or breach (a law, contract, covenant, or the like).
He violated the hunting laws by shooting a doe out of season.The senator violated the trust of the people by making deals with criminals.
synonyms:
breach, break, disobey
antonyms:
obey, observe
similar words:
contravene, disregard, infringe, offend, repudiate, transgress, tremble
definition 2: to disturb.
He violated their privacy.
synonyms:
break, disrupt, disturb, rend
similar words:
interrupt, intrude on, ruffle, rupture, shatter
definition 3: to act in a profane, disrespectful manner; desecrate.
The temple was violated.
synonyms:
defile, desecrate, profane
antonyms:
respect
similar words:
abuse, befoul, corrupt, debase, degrade, deprave, spoil
definition 4: to rape or sexually assault.
She was violated by her stepfather.
synonyms:
assault, molest, rape
similar words:
abuse, attack, defile, misuse, ravish
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derivation: violator (n.)