violate

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See also: Violâte

English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin violatus, past participle of violare (treat with violence, whether bodily or mental), from vis (strength, power, force, violence).

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈvaɪəˌleɪt/
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Verb[edit]

violate (third-person singular simple present violates, present participle violating, simple past and past participle violated)

  1. (transitive) To break or disregard (a rule or convention).
    Antonyms: comply, obey
    Drinking-and-driving violates the law.
    Accessing unauthorized files violates security protocol.
  2. (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!
  3. (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.

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Italian[edit]

Verb[edit]

violate

  1. second-person plural present of violare
  2. second-person plural imperative of violare
  3. feminine plural past participle of violare

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Latin[edit]

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violāte

  1. second-person plural present active imperative of violō