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molest

[muh-lest] /məˈlɛst/
verb (used with object)
1.
to bother, interfere with, or annoy.
2.
to make indecent sexual advances to.
3.
to assault sexually.
Origin
1325-1375
1325-75; Middle English molesten < Latin molestāre to irk, derivative of molestus irksome; compare mōlēs mass, burden, trouble
Related forms
molestation
[moh-le-stey-shuh n, mol-e-] /ˌmoʊ lɛˈsteɪ ʃən, ˌmɒl ɛ-/ (Show IPA),
noun
molester, noun
molestful, adjective
unmolested, adjective
unmolesting, adjective
Synonyms
1. harass, harry, trouble, plague, hector, torment. See attack.
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British Dictionary definitions for mole-sting

molest

/məˈlɛst/
verb (transitive)
1.
to disturb or annoy by malevolent interference
2.
to accost or attack, esp with the intention of assaulting sexually
Derived Forms
molestation (ˌməʊlɛˈsteɪʃən) noun
molester, noun
Word Origin
C14: from Latin molestāre to annoy, from molestus troublesome, from mōlēs mass
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Word Origin and History for mole-sting

molest

v.

late 14c., "to cause trouble, grief, or vexation," from Old French molester "to torment, trouble, bother" (12c.) and directly from Latin molestare "to disturb, trouble, annoy," from molestus "troublesome, annoying, unmanageable," perhaps related to moles "mass" (see mole (n.3)) on notion of either "burden" or "barrier." Meaning "sexually assault" first attested 1950. Related: Molested; molesting.

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