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Topic: CRIME

Date: 1400-1500
Language: Latin
Origin: , past participle of violare

violate

verb
     
vi‧o‧late [transitive]
1SCC to disobey or do something against an official agreement, law, principle etc:
34 protesters were arrested for violating criminal law.
regimes that violate human rights
2 to do something that makes someone feel that they have been attacked or have suffered a great loss of respect:
Victims of burglaries often feel personally violated.
The media regularly violates people's privacy.
3 formal to break open a grave, or force your way into a holy place without showing any respect:
Vandals had violated the graveyard.
4 literary to force a woman to have sex [= rape]
violator noun [countable]
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