molest

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From Middle English molesten, from Old French molester, from Latin molestare (to trouble, annoy, molest), from molestus (troublesome), from moles (a burden, difficulty, labor, trouble); see mole.

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molest (third-person singular simple present molests, present participle molesting, simple past and past participle molested)

  1. To annoy intentionally
  2. To disturb or tamper with.
    • Hooker
      They have molested the church with needless opposition.
  3. (slang) To sexually abuse, especially regarding a minor
    Why did she molest him when she's much older than him?

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