molestation

molest

[muh-lest]
verb (used with object)
1.
to bother, interfere with, or annoy.
2.
to make indecent sexual advances to.
3.
to assault sexually.

Origin:
1325–75; Middle English molesten < Latin molestāre to irk, derivative of molestus irksome; compare mōlēs mass, burden, trouble

molestation [moh-le-stey-shuhn, mol-e-] , noun
molester, noun
molestful, adjective
unmolested, adjective
unmolesting, adjective


1. harass, harry, trouble, plague, hector, torment. See attack.
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molest (məˈlɛst)
 
vb
1.  to disturb or annoy by malevolent interference
2.  to accost or attack, esp with the intention of assaulting sexually
 
[C14: from Latin molestāre to annoy, from molestus troublesome, from mōlēs mass]
 
molestation
 
n
 
mo'lester
 
n

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molest
late 14c., "to cause trouble, grief, or vexation," from O.Fr. molester (12c.), from L. molestare "to disturb, trouble, annoy," from molestus "troublesome," perhaps related to moles "mass" (see mole (3)) on notion of either "burden" or "barrier." Meaning "sexually assault" first
attested 1950. Related: Molested; molesting.

molestation
c.1400, from O.Fr. molestation, from L. molestationem, noun of action from molestare (see molest). It meant "the harassing of a person in his possession or occupation of lands" in Scottish law; in English common law it came to mean "injury inflicted upon another."
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