1. [ verb ] fail to agree with; be in violation of; as of rules or patterns
Synonyms: break go_against

"He violated the agreement to stay away from his ex-wife" "You are breaking the law!"

Related terms: conform_to fly_in_the_face_of violation
2. [ verb ] act in disregard of laws and rules
Synonyms: break breach transgress go_against infract offend

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

Related terms: disrespect sin trespass sin conflict trespass misdemeanor breach wrongdoer evildoing
3. [ verb ] harm or destroy

"Don't violate my garden"

Related terms: touch
4. [ verb ] (criminal law) violate the sacred character of a place or language
Synonyms: desecrate outrage profane

"desecrate a cemetary" "violate the sanctity of the church" "profane the name of God"

Related terms: assail profanation irreverence
5. [ verb ] (criminal law,sexuality) force (someone) to have sex against their will
Synonyms: rape dishonour dishonor outrage assault ravish

"The woman was raped on her way home at night"

Related terms: assail gang-rape raper outrage violator rape
6. [ verb ] destroy and strip of its possession
Synonyms: despoil plunder spoil rape

"The soldiers raped the beautiful country"

Related terms: destroy spoil spoil plundering rape
Similar spelling:   Violette