Vi"o*late (?), 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.

His wife Boadicea violated with stripes, his daughters with rape.

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.

Violated vows
'Twixt the souls of friend and friend.

Oft have they violated
The temple, oft the law, with foul affronts.

3. To disturb; to interrupt. "Employed, it seems, to violate sleep." Milton.

4. To commit rape on; to ravish; to outrage.

Syn. -- To injure; disturb; interrupt; infringe; transgress; profane; deflour; debauch; dishonor.