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violate

[vahy-uh-leyt] /ˈvaɪ əˌleɪt/
verb (used with object), violated, violating.
1.
to break, infringe, or transgress (a law, rule, agreement, promise, instructions, etc.).
2.
to break in upon or disturb rudely; interfere thoughtlessly with:
to violate his privacy.
3.
to break through or pass by force or without right:
to violate a frontier.
4.
to treat irreverently or disrespectfully; desecrate; profane:
violate a human right.
5.
to molest sexually, especially to rape.
Origin
late Middle English
1400-1450
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
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  • All scientific discoveries outrageously violating deeply held religious beliefs.
  • She wondered whether the emitted rays were violating a basic law of thermodynamics: the conservation of energy.
  • But peer-to-peer is about much more than violating the copyright of big record labels.
  • Any physical theory framed violating this principle is a crackpot.
  • And violating their rights by scanning them cannot possibly be used as suspicion alone to stop and search them.
  • So subject matter is key in judging the press's boundary-violating behavior.
  • Drastic new penalties have been imposed for violating broadcasting laws.
  • Those violating the injunction are subject to fines and imprisonment.
  • It collects patents, and then sues other companies for violating them, hoping to make money by selling or licensing them.
  • The companies and nursing home trade group were indicted for violating the corporate-donation ban.
British Dictionary definitions for violating

violate

/ˈvaɪəˌleɪt/
verb (transitive)
1.
to break, disregard, or infringe (a law, agreement, etc)
2.
to rape or otherwise sexually assault
3.
to disturb rudely or improperly; break in upon
4.
to treat irreverently or disrespectfully; outrage: he violated a sanctuary
5.
(obsolete) to mistreat physically
adjective
6.
(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 violating

violate

v.

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

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