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VIOLATE

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does violate mean? 

VIOLATE (verb)
  The verb VIOLATE has 6 senses:

1. fail to agree with; be in violation of; as of rules or patterns
2. act in disregard of laws, rules, contracts, or promises
3. destroy
4. violate the sacred character of a place or language
5. force (someone) to have sex against their will
6. destroy and strip of its possession

  Familiarity information: VIOLATE used as a verb is common.


 Dictionary entry details 


VIOLATE (verb)


Sense 1violate [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Fail to agree with; be in violation of; as of rules or patterns

Classified under:

Verbs of being, having, spatial relations

Synonyms:

go against; violate; break

Context example:

This sentence violates the rules of syntax

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "violate"):

fly in the face of; fly in the teeth of (go against)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Something ----s something

Antonym:

conform to (observe)


Sense 2violate [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Act in disregard of laws, rules, contracts, or promises

Classified under:

Verbs of political and social activities and events

Synonyms:

infract; breach; transgress; violate; go against; offend; break

Context examples:

offend all laws of humanity / violate the basic laws or human civilization / break a law / break a promise

Hypernyms (to "violate" is one way to...):

disrespect (show a lack of respect for)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "violate"):

sin; transgress; trespass (commit a sin; violate a law of God or a moral law)

blunder; boob; goof; sin (commit a faux pas or a fault or make a serious mistake)

conflict; contravene; infringe; run afoul (go against, as of rules and laws)

trespass (break the law)

intrude; trespass (enter unlawfully on someone's property)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something


Sense 3violate [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Destroy

Classified under:

Verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging

Context examples:

Don't violate my garden / violate my privacy

Hypernyms (to "violate" is one way to...):

disturb; touch (tamper with)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Something ----s something


Sense 4violate [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Violate the sacred character of a place or language

Classified under:

Verbs of political and social activities and events

Synonyms:

desecrate; profane; outrage; violate

Context examples:

desecrate a cemetery / violate the sanctity of the church / profane the name of God

Hypernyms (to "violate" is one way to...):

assail; assault; attack; set on (attack someone physically or emotionally)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something


Sense 5violate [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Force (someone) to have sex against their will

Classified under:

Verbs of political and social activities and events

Synonyms:

ravish; rape; dishonour; dishonor; assault; outrage; violate

Context example:

The woman was raped on her way home at night

Hypernyms (to "violate" is one way to...):

assail; assault; attack; set on (attack someone physically or emotionally)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "violate"):

gang-rape (rape (someone) successively with several attackers)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s somebody


Sense 6violate [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Destroy and strip of its possession

Classified under:

Verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging

Synonyms:

despoil; rape; plunder; violate; spoil

Context example:

The soldiers raped the beautiful country

Hypernyms (to "violate" is one way to...):

destroy; ruin (destroy completely; damage irreparably)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something

Sentence example:

They want to violate the prisoners


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