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[vahy-uh-leyt] /ˈvaɪ əˌleɪt/
verb (used with object), violated, violating.
to break, infringe, or transgress (a law, rule, agreement, promise, instructions, etc.).
to break in upon or disturb rudely; interfere thoughtlessly with:
to violate his privacy.
to break through or pass by force or without right:
to violate a frontier.
to treat irreverently or disrespectfully; desecrate; profane:
violate a human right.
to molest sexually, especially to rape.
Origin of violate
late Middle English
1400-50; late Middle English < Latin violātus, past participle of violāre to treat with violence, violate, apparently derivative of violentus violent (taking viol- as base); see -ate1
Related forms
violator, violater, noun
previolate, verb (used with object), previolated, previolating.
quasi-violated, adjective
reviolate, verb (used with object), reviolated, reviolating.
unviolated, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for violated
  • Exactly sixty years from the day its construction began, the seemingly impregnable fortress was violated.
  • The correspondents spoke in whispers, as though the secrets of the spot would be violated by loud talk.
  • There must be no political leeway when it comes to determining whether the limits are violated or not.
  • Proton has always violated every principle of economics and car making.
  • The original laws violated citizen's rights by requiring them to respond to police officers.
  • These flocks must not be violated, whatever the wants of the voyagers might be.
  • If there are cases in this enlightened period when it is violated, there are none when it is decried.
  • Here also were those who had violated the marriage vow, or fought in a bad cause, or failed in fidelity to their employers.
  • Other charges were that he had carried away productions of art, and that he had violated the sacred shrines.
  • There is no question that the obstruction and witness tampering statutes can be violated by acts that occur in civil proceedings.
British Dictionary definitions for violated


verb (transitive)
to break, disregard, or infringe (a law, agreement, etc)
to rape or otherwise sexually assault
to disturb rudely or improperly; break in upon
to treat irreverently or disrespectfully; outrage: he violated a sanctuary
(obsolete) to mistreat physically
(archaic) violated or dishonoured
Derived Forms
violable, adjective
violability, violableness, noun
violably, adverb
violation, noun
violative, adjective
violator, violater, noun
Word Origin
C15: from Latin violāre to do violence to, from vīs strength
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Word Origin and History for violated



early 15c., "to break" (an oath, etc.), from Latin violatus (see violation). Sense of "ravish" is first recorded mid-15c. Related: Violated; violating.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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