(?), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Violates (?); p. pr. & vb. n. Violating.] [L. violatus, p. p. of violare to violate, fr. vis strength, force. See Violent.] 1. To treat in a violent manner; to abuse.
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His wife Boadicea violated with stripes, his daughters with rape.
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2. To do violence to, as to anything that should be held sacred or respected; to profane; to desecrate; to break forcibly; to trench upon; to infringe.
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Violated vows
'Twixt the souls of friend and friend.
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Oft have they violated
The temple, oft the law, with foul affronts.
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3. To disturb; to interrupt. "Employed, it seems, to violate sleep." Milton.
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4. To commit rape on; to ravish; to outrage.
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Syn. -- To injure; disturb; interrupt; infringe; transgress; profane; deflour; debauch; dishonor.
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