|Origin:||, past participle of violare|
Related topics: Crime
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
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.
to break open a grave, or force your way into a holy place without showing any respect:
Vandals had violated the graveyard.
to force a woman to have sex [= rape]
—violator noun [countable]