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Meaning & Definition of Violate in English

English

Violate

/vaɪəlet/

verb

1. Fail to agree with

  • Be in violation of
  • As of rules or patterns
  • "This sentence violates the rules of syntax"
    synonym:
  • violate
  • ,
  • go against
  • ,
  • break

2. Act in disregard of laws, rules, contracts, or promises

  • "Offend all laws of humanity"
  • "Violate the basic laws or human civilization"
  • "Break a law"
  • "Break a promise"
    synonym:
  • transgress
  • ,
  • offend
  • ,
  • infract
  • ,
  • violate
  • ,
  • go against
  • ,
  • breach
  • ,
  • break

3. Destroy

  • "Don't violate my garden"
  • "Violate my privacy"
    synonym:
  • violate

4. Violate the sacred character of a place or language

  • "Desecrate a cemetery"
  • "Violate the sanctity of the church"
  • "Profane the name of god"
    synonym:
  • desecrate
  • ,
  • profane
  • ,
  • outrage
  • ,
  • violate

5. Force (someone) to have sex against their will

  • "The woman was raped on her way home at night"
    synonym:
  • rape
  • ,
  • ravish
  • ,
  • violate
  • ,
  • assault
  • ,
  • dishonor
  • ,
  • dishonour
  • ,
  • outrage

6. Destroy and strip of its possession

  • "The soldiers raped the beautiful country"
    synonym:
  • rape
  • ,
  • spoil
  • ,
  • despoil
  • ,
  • violate
  • ,
  • plunder