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See also: Violâte
- (transitive) To break or disregard (a rule or convention).
- (transitive, euphemistic) To rape.
- 1796, Matthew Gregory Lewis, The Monk:
- That Antonia whom you violated, was your Sister! That Elvira whom you murdered, gave you birth! Tremble, abandoned Hypocrite! Inhuman Parricide! Incestuous Ravisher!
- (transitive, prison slang) To cite (a person) for a parole violation.
- 2009, Shakti Belway, Bearing Witness, page 12:
- If you don't have a job, you can't pay the money, then you get violated and have to go back to prison.
- 2014, Juanita Díaz-Cotto, Chicana Lives and Criminal Justice: Voices from El Barrio, page 165:
- Estela: Well, they'd take me to jail, I'd violate, and I go to prison. And maybe I get violated for six months, eight months . . . maybe 30 days, 60 days . . . You know, whatever the parole officer recommended for me, I got.
to break or fail to act by rules
- “violate”, in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, Springfield, Mass.: G. & C. Merriam, 1913, →OCLC.
- “violate”, in The Century Dictionary […], New York, N.Y.: The Century Co., 1911, →OCLC.
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