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Verb: violate  'vI-u,leyt
  1. Fail to agree with; be in violation of; as of rules or patterns
    "This sentence violates the rules of syntax";
    - go against, break
  2. Act in disregard of laws, rules, contracts, or promises
    "violate the basic laws or human civilization";
    - transgress, offend, infract, go against, breach, break
  3. Destroy
    "Don't violate my garden"; "violate my privacy"
  4. Disregard the sacred character of a place or language
    "violate the sanctity of the church";
    - desecrate, profane, outrage, defile
  5. Force (someone) to have sex against their will
    "The woman was violated on her way home at night";
    - rape, ravish, assault, dishonor [US], dishonour [Brit, Cdn], outrage
  6. Destroy and strip of its possession
    "The soldiers violated the beautiful country";
    - rape, spoil, despoil, plunder

Derived forms: violating, violates, violated

Type of: assail, assault, attack, destroy, disrespect, disturb, ruin, set on, spifflicate, spiflicate, touch

Antonym: conform to

Encyclopedia: Violate