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